RESOURCES: Scaling Undersea Volcanoes

Science  22 Aug 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5636, pp. 1025
DOI: 10.1126/science.301.5636.1025d

Want to go deep-sea mountaineering but don't have a submarine? An emerging chain of Web sites devoted to the hot field of seamount science (see p. 1034) can help you hit the peaks.

Seamounts Online offers a basic introduction to these drowned volcanoes, including photos of seamount life. But the core of the site, created by the San Diego Supercomputer Center and Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California, is an international compendium of research findings, which you can search by everything from species and seamount location to topic and author's name. New additions are currently on hold due to scarce funds, but that could soon change, says the computing center's Karen Stocks.

Explorers looking for detailed charts can try the Seamount Catalog, a digital archive of bathymetric maps that can be viewed and downloaded in several formats. So far, it includes just a few dozen Pacific peaks but will expand. Internet voyagers can also set sail with an array of seamount expeditions that have created Web logs. Try the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Ocean Explorer site and one created by the recent Australian-New Zealand NORFANZ seamounts cruise.

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