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Published on Oct 4, 2010
September 28th 2010 was an exciting day for NEPTUNE Canada, as we installed a new suite of scientific instruments to study the Grotto Hydrothermal Vent in Endeavour Ridge Marine Protected Area (2197m below sea level). Among these, is COVIS, the Cabled Observatory Vent Imaging System, a sophisticated sonar system that will help scientists study hydrothermal vent dynamics in this deep-sea volcanic rift valley.
In this video, our newly installed HD video camera trained an eye on ROPOS as the remotely operated vehicle held COVIS in its twin manipulators, carrying the sonar system to the far side of Grotto vent edifice. Grotto is one of many sulfide towers in this area, formed by effluent compounds that vent from the seafloor at temperatures exceeding 300C.