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  • Oregon State University and Hydrothermal Vents

    Jack Dymond, Jack Corliss, and John Edmond in front of the DSRV Alvin on the 1977 discovery expedition.

    This year marks the 40th anniversary of one of OSU's biggest discoveries (certainly the biggest oceanographic discovery made by CEOAS scientists). In 1977 OSU Oceanography faculty member Jack Corliss led a manned submersible (Alvin) dive team that spotted the first ever hydrothermal vent on the ocean floor. The discovery spawned new fields of study in biology, microbiology, marine chemistry, marine geology, planetary science, and the study of the origin of life on Earth and astrobiology.

    To celebrate this discovery CEOAS will hold two events that are free and open to the public. Jack Corliss will visit OSU from his home in Budapest to participate.

    Title of the event "OSU and Hydrothermal Vents: 40th Anniversary of the Discovery that Launched 1000 Ships"

    Thursday, March 2, 2017, 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Learning Innovation Center Building (LInC), Room 210 (165 SW Sackett Pl, Corvallis, OR 9732)
    Three short lectures:

    1. Jack Corliss and Robert Collier giving the history of the discovery and the new fields of study that it spawned,
    2. Bill Chadwick describing new discoveries of hydrothermal vents in the western Pacific Ocean;
    3. Andrew Thurber explaining how life at vents influences global climate. The focus of the three lectures will be what was discovered and two examples of where the discovery has taken us.

    Friday, March 3, 2017, 3:30-5:30 p.m., in Burt Hall, Room 193 (2651 SW Orchard Ave, Corvallis, OR 97331)
    An "Open Forum" for discussion with Jack Corliss and others on the 1977 Alvin dive program on the history of the discovery. The discussion will be part of an archive we are creating on the discovery. At least four others from the dives will be there.

    For questions or more information, contact Marty Fisk

    Jack Corliss Jack Corliss
    1977 ALVIN Dive
    Expedition Leader
    Robert Collier Robert Collier
    1977 expedition member
    Andrew Thurber Andrew Thurber
    Ecology of low-oxygen
    William Chadwick William Chadwick
    Geology of submarine
    volcanic eruptions