Scientific Glossary

Glossary of terms and abbreviations relevant to the International Seabed Authority and the documents it produces

Please note that this is a constantly evolving document.

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White Smoker

Hydrothermal vent with a lower temperature (260-300oC) than found at black smokers. Usually characterized by sphalerite deposits. The deposit and mineral rich water plume is light in colour, hence the name.

WOCE

World Ocean Circulation Experiment (IOC).