Sampling at Kick 'em Jenny Volcano
We've made use of every tool in Hercules' bag during our time in the crater of the Kick 'em Jenny submarine volcano - watch us sample rocks, sediment, and biology, plus see our temperature sensor and more in action. And if that wasn't enough, this video also features some of the coolest cold seep communities we've ever seen. Those white mats that are scattered throughout the clip? Those are huge swaths of chemosynthetic bacteria, turning deadly chemicals into energy and supporting entire communities, all in the Caribbean's only active submarine volcano.
This cruise to the southern Lesser Antilles volcanic arc is part of the INSPIRE project, funded by NSF with the purpose of studying and improving telepresence for ocean exploration. Scientists will implement several student-designed exploration projects led from shore. Kick’em Jenny is the most active submarine volcano in the Caribbean Sea, and during the past century it has shown a history of progressive growth with explosive eruptions. Hazards include explosive eruptions that can breach the sea surface and the potential for tsunami generation.