Doug Toomey Professor of Geophysics
East Pacific Rise:
Effects of systematic variations in magma crystallization on crustal density and axial depth at fast-spreading ridges,(in review)
Endeavour/Juan de Fuca
Hooft, E. E. E., H. Patel, W. Wilcock, K. Becker, D. Butterfield, E. Davis, R. Dziak, K. Inderbitzen, M. Lilley, P. McGill, D. Toomey and D. Stakes, A seismic swarm and regional hydrothermal and hydrologic perturbations: The northern Endeavour segment, February 2005, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. , 11 , Q12015, doi:10.1029/2010GC003264, 2010.
Under the Volcano
Somewhere on Earth, beneath its ocean, a volcano is erupting. As you read this, there are probably several submarine volcanoes spewing forth lava, creating new seafloor and renewing deep-sea hydrothermal vent fields that support unique animal communities. These erupting volcanoes lie along the globe-encircling mid-ocean ridge system, the largest continuous structural feature of our planet. This volcanic activity is not cataclysmic, but is the signature of a living planet, one that is evolving and one that is capable of hosting life.