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New Millennium Observatory (NeMO)
The New Millenium Observatory is a seafloor observatory off the coast of Oregon, which studies the relationships between submarine volcanic events and the chemistry and distribution of hydrothermal vents and the biologic communities that depend on them. This website is a multimedia presentation of the ongoing research at Axial volcano. The NeMO Explorer page offers several virtual tours, which allow the user to view animated simulations of hydrothermal vents and fresh lava flows. An Education section offers a curriculum designed for high school and middle school students, and an Expeditions page contains information about at-sea participants, tools, cruise plans, and daily logbook entries from research expeditions. There is also a gallery of photos of deep-sea animals discovered near the observatory. Access is provided to a near-real-time system which links instruments located in the caldera of an active submarine volcano, 1 mile underwater and about 250 miles off Oregon's coast, to the Internet.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Field trip - virtual
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Portal:
    • Government
  • Environmental science
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Biological oceanography
    • Chemical oceanography
Technical requirements:
QuickTime plug-in
Flash player
The curriculum is available on the web, or downloadable as pdf files or Powerpoint slides.
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Information presented on these pages is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-001-102
Related resources:
This resource references 'The Case of the Missing Rumbleometer: A deep ocean mystery'
This resource references 'New Millennium Observatory: NeMO Explorer'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory