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Comparison of CTD Cast and CTD Tow-yo Methods for Detecting Hydrothermal Plume
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  • Journal title : Ocean and Polar Research
  • Volume 36, Issue 2,  2014, pp.179-187
  • Publisher : Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology
  • DOI : 10.4217/OPR.2014.36.2.179
 Title & Authors
Comparison of CTD Cast and CTD Tow-yo Methods for Detecting Hydrothermal Plume
Son, Juwon; Joo, Jongmin; Ham, Dong Jin; Yang, Seungjin; Kim, Jonguk;
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Directly searching for undiscovered hydrothermal vent sites is inefficient due to the practical difficulty of comprehensively imaging vent fields. Thus, most searches for hydrothermal vent sites rely on the detection of hydrothermal plumes from water column observation. Detecting and measuring the hydrothermal plumes are the most efficient way to infer the presence and distribution of hydrothermal vents. Both the array of vertical casting and lateral towing are the most common methods to discover hydrothermal plumes. In this study, we compared results of cast and tow-yo operations along the same section of a spreading center with a distance of 20.5 km in the North Fiji Basin for mapping hydrothermal plumes. Operation of CTD tow-yo provides a detailed pattern of plumes which enable us to locate the hydrothermal vents. On the other hand, identification of hydrothermal activity can be determined effectively by CTD cast with additional analysis of geochemical tracers. Reduction in the operating time is another advantage of CTD cast operation, especially for regional-scale survey. Our results show that the combination of CTD cast and tow-yo would improve the efficiency of the hydrothermal plume survey to locate new hydrothermal vent sites.
hydrothermal plume;tow-yo;miniature autonomous plume recorder;North Fiji Basin;
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