Biology at Axial Seamount

Biology at Axial Seamount

Cataloging the Inhabitants of a Deep Sea Volcano

Axial Seamount is an active deep sea volcano located on the Juan de Fuca spreading ridge, with its summit at a depth of 1500 m, and its base at 2600 m.  Lava flows and hydrothermal vents provide habitat for many organisms in the volcano's caldera (at the summit), while a thick layer of pelagic mud offers a far different habitat for biological communities at Axial's base. View the information, images and video related to the many different biological organisms that have been observed over the years of RSN expedition cruises.

View the Biology at Axial Seamount Videos.

Biology at Axial Seamount

Biology at Axial Seamount

Cataloging the Inhabitants of a Deep Sea Volcano

Axial Seamount is an active deep sea volcano located on the Juan de Fuca spreading ridge, with its summit at a depth of 1500 m, and its base at 2600 m.  Lava flows and hydrothermal vents provide habitat for many organisms in the volcano's caldera (at the summit), while a thick layer of pelagic mud offers a far different habitat for biological communities at Axial's base. View the information, images and video related to the many different biological organisms that have been observed over the years of RSN expedition cruises.

View the Biology at Axial Seamount Videos.

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