Here is a link to a live video stream from a robotic submersible currently cruising around the Axial Seamount Volcano. Axial is a hotspot volcano on the Juan de Fuca spreading ridge 300 miles west of Astoria, and it erupted this April (video here). The submersible follows a cable on the seafloor. This link was sent by Alden Denny, a 2008 alum WWU geology alum and now a UW marine geology grad student out at sea on NOAA’s R/V Thompson. Alden is working with the Ocean Observatories Initiative, Regional Scaled Nodes group which is installing a cabled observatory at Axial Seamount. The website is currently live-streaming HD video from the ROV ROPOS. This is amazing footage, so please take a look! There are great volcanic features, including blobby pillow lavas, hornitos. sometimes you just see blue water, but be patient, something fascinating is bound to appear eventually. How’s that for a field trip?! Sure beats TV!
I just watched an octopus drift by, and before that some lovely pillow lavas went by beneath the rover.