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The Scientific Lens - Volcanoes: Supporting Life Under the Sea

Wed., Oct. 24, 2012 | 7 pm

$5 at door; FREE for Burke members, UW Students and Faculty.

The Scientific Lens: Research and Photography
From the depths of the Pacific to the slopes of Mount Rainier, UW scientists are using advanced photography to reveal the world in ways unimaginable a generation ago. The Burke Museum presents four opportunities to learn from environmental researchers and photographers about their practice, technique and goals for investigating and the natural world beyond our view.  

Volcanoes: Supporting Life Under the Sea
Oct 24, 7 pm, Burke Museum

In 2009, a team of UW scientists began to build the first underwater cabled observatory in the USA, off the Oregon-Washington coast. Over 550 miles of fiber optic cable and large electrical outlets now lie on the seafloor, more than a mile beneath the ocean’s surface. When completed in 2014, the nodes will provide real-time, online video transmission from the largest underwater volcano off our coast.

Dr. Debbie Kelley, UW Associate Director for Science, will discuss how imaging seafloor hot springs have revealed biological communities thriving in some of the most extreme environments on Earth, and helped us understand the underwater volcanoes that form the largest mountain chain on the planet. The presentation will include HD imagery of a large underwater eruption, myriad hot spring systems, and microbes streaming from the seafloor.

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