Submarine volcanism and hydrothermal venting studied in Papua, New Guinea.

Herzig, Peter, Hannington, M. D., McInnes, Brent, Stoffers, Peter, Villinger, Heinrich, Seifert, Richard, Binns, Ray and Liebe, Thomas (1994) Submarine volcanism and hydrothermal venting studied in Papua, New Guinea. Open Access Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union, 75 (44). pp. 513-516. DOI 10.1029/94EO02009.

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From March 11 to April 5,1994, the German research vessel Sonne mapped the largely uncharted offshore areas of the Tabarto-Feni island chain in the New Ireland Basin of Papua, New Guinea. The Epithermal Deposits Southwestern Pacific Ocean (EDISON) cruise was organized as part of a multidisciplinary program to study the regional tectonic setting of the Tabar-to-Feni chain, to document recent submarine volcanism, and to investigate seafloor hydrothermal activity on the submerged flanks of the volcanos.

The New Ireland Basin occupies a forearcposition with respect to the formerly active Manus-Kilinailau arc-trench system and hosts a series of Pliocene to recent alkaline volcanos that are built on rifted Miocene sedimentary basement. Several of the volcanos have large, high-level porphyry stocks, and several have active geothermal systems, including gold-depositing hot springs and the giant Ladolam gold deposit on the island of Lihir.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Submarine volcanism; hydrothermal venting; Papua, New Guinea; RV Sonne; SO94; EDISON Cruise
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1029/94EO02009
ISSN: 0096-3941
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2014 09:55
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2016 07:24

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