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RIDGE 2000

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Ridge 2000 is a science initiative focused on integrated geological, biological, and geochemical studies of the Earth-encircling mid-ocean ridge system. Central to the Ridge 2000 program is the recognition that the origin and evolution of life in deep-sea hydrothermal ecosystems are inextricably linked to, and perhaps an inevitable consequence of, the flow of energy and material from Earth's deep mantle to the seafloor and ocean via magmatic and hydrothermal systems. To sharpen our knowledge of mid-ocean ridge systems, the first phase of the Ridge 2000 program involved integrated field, laboratory, and modeling studies of three representative, but geographically limited study sites.  Research activities spanned a broad range of disciplines: from geophysics to geochemistry and from geology to biology to hydrothermal vent fluid dynamics.

With this solicitation, Ridge 2000 moves into its integration and synthesis phase where results from previous and on-going interdisciplinary field expeditions and laboratory studies are to be brought to bear on advancing our conceptual and quantitative understanding of mid-ocean ridge systems and the processes that link geological, geophysical, geochemical, hydrothermal, and biological processes.  As such, the program now shifts its focus from field data acquisition to integration and synthesis to help the program achieve its science goals.

Program contacts

The Ridge 2000 science plan and information on Ridge 2000 community activities, including meetings, workshops, workshop reports, Ridge 2000 newsletters, abstracts of Ridge 2000 awards, steering committee minutes, data and data listings, and research opportunities can be found on the Ridge 2000 Office web site (http://www.ridge2000.org).  Requests can also be sent by mail to the Ridge 2000 Office (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 266 Woods Hole Rd., Woods Hole, MA 02543, Tel: 508-289-2348, Email: ridge2000@whoi.edu). Information regarding the complementary international mid-ocean ridge studies program, InterRidge, and requests for InterRidge documents can be obtained from the InterRidge web site (http://www.interridge.org).

David Garrison
dgarrison@nsf.gov (703) 292-7588
Richard Carlson
rcarlson@nsf.gov (703) 292-7978
Barbara Ransom
bransom@nsf.gov (703) 292-7792 GEO/RISE

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