expedition 15

Exploration and Research at
Deep-Sea Vents

Where are deep-sea vents?

More than 200 hydrothermal vent fields have been observed at depths greater than 200 meters (~650 feet). There may be a thousand more remaining to be discovered, mainly along Earth’s plate boundaries.

Complete educational package available

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, in collaboration with New Bedford Ocean Explorium, invites you to explore the deep sea with movies and datasets formatted for spherical display systems, including NOAA's Science On a Sphere. Our complete educational package for the Global Viewport to Deep-Sea Vents is available at the Woods Hole Open Access Server here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1575/1912/6867


Here are two compilation videos from the Global Viewport to Deep-Sea Vents.


Life without Sunlight

Smoke and Fire Underwater


View the entire playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1CGd4Scv4GJsaaFRzItk-btFI757bH8f

hydrothermal vents

What are hydrothermal vents?

Explore vent basics, vents around the world, vent chemistry, boiling points, videos, and test what you've learned with quizzes.

Science on a Sphere

What is Science On a Sphere?

SOS is a room sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data. 

teacher workshops

Professional development for teachers

Our last session will be offered on October 29, 2014. Let us know if you are interested in joining a workshop. Learn more »

The Global Viewport for Virtual Exploration of Deep-Sea Vents is a collaboration between the
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the New Bedford Ocean Explorium, funded by NSF award #1202977.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution National Science Foundation