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West Mata Eruption

ROV Jason Images the Discovery of the Deepest Explosive Eruption on the Sea Floor

May 2009
Oceanographers using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Jason discovered and recorded the first video and still images of a deep-sea volcano actively erupting molten lava on the seafloor.

NW Rota 2009 Expedition to the Mariana Volcanic Arc

NW Rota 2009 Expedition to the Mariana Volcanic Arc

April 3-17, 2009
An international science team studied an erupting undersea volcano near the Island of Guam and captured dramatic new video and still images of the eruptive activity of NW Rota-1.

ROV Jason
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ROV Jason

WHOI Engineer Will Sellers talks about the latest generation of sub-sea exploration vehicle ROV Jason.
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Jason to the Rescue
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Jason to the Rescue

During an expedition to the East Pacific Rise in May 2007, the robotic undersea vehicle frees instruments glued to the seafloor by hardened lava.

Sights and Sounds of a Submarine Volcano
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Sights and Sounds of a Submarine Volcano

WHOI expedition leader Will Sellers talks about the adventure of deep-sea research at an erupting underwater volcano.

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Jason Slideshow
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Jason in Photos

Stories from Oceanus Magazine

April 3, 2009

Jason Meets the Carnivorous Sea Squirt

Expedition to the Tasman Fracture finds unknown species
Source: Oceanus Magazine
April 10, 2008

Happy as a (Newly Discovered) Clam

Want to find something on the seafloor? Engineer Tom Crook's your man.
Source: Oceanus Magazine
May 15, 2007

Rescue Mission on the Seafloor

Could Jason recover instruments stuck to the seafloor by newly erupted lava?
Source: Oceanus Magazine
jason jr. at wreck of Titanic
October 4, 2006

Engineers Honored for Pioneering Undersea Robot

Source: Oceanus Magazine