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Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

Media Contact: Lisa Cugini, (401) 874-6642

Community Breakfast Lecture Explores
an Active Underwater Volcano

Narragansett, R.I. -- May 5, 2003 -- The public is invited to attend a free Community Breakfast Lecture, sponsored by Friends of Oceanography, to be held on Wednesday, May 14, at 9 a.m. in the Coastal Institute Building on the URI Bay Campus. The lecture, "The 2003 Exploration of the Submarine Volcano, Kick ‘em Jenny" is part of a series featuring the research of URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) students. The speaker will be geological oceanography graduate student Scott Lundin of Narragansett.

Scientists from GSO recently spent two weeks at sea exploring the most active volcano in the Caribbean. The crater of Kick ‘em Jenny is an active hydrothermal vent field, much shallower than the deep-sea black smokers. Research operations relied on a wide variety of instruments including a robotic vehicle to study the geology and biological community of this unique environment. Results included the discovery of two new volcanoes and proof that Kick ‘em Jenny sits inside the scar of an ancient submarine landslide.

Lundin grew up in North Kingstown and received a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in geology. He currently lives in Narragansett and is pursuing a master’s degree at GSO under the direction of Dr. Haraldur Sigurdsson. In addition to studying the chemical evolution of volcanic rocks, Lundin is interested in magma migration and eruption processes.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Coffee and muffins will be served. For more information, call Friends of Oceanography at (401) 874-6642.

Friends of Oceanography is a community-based membership organization established in 1986 to support the educational and public programs of the URI Graduate School of Oceanography. Friends provides financial support of fellowships for GSO students, and other research, education, and outreach activities. The organization also helps sponsor a variety of special events such as oceanography lecture series, open houses at the Bay Campus, The JASON Project, and the National Ocean Sciences Bowl.

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