Seabed images and substrata of the southern Lucky Strike hydrothermal vent field

Located on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Lucky Strike is a large basalt hosted hydrothermal vent field ranging from a depth of 1500 to 2000 m. Starting from 2010, the deployment of a deep-sea observatory aimed to investigating hydrothermal processes in that vent field. The yearly cruises MoMARSAT to maintain the observatory allowed to gather additional datasets. This particular one comprises four sets of non-overlapping images that were retrieved by a downward-looking camera (OTUS) mounted on the remotely operated vehicle Victor6000. The latter was flown at constant altitude (~ 4 m) and speed (~ 0.2 m/s) over parallel transects planned in four sites (Eiffel Tower, Montsegur, Sapins, White Castle) and around different active vent edifices in order to acquire seabed images for investigation of spatial patterns of the geology and of the biology. The seabed characteristics observable in images was categorised by labeling manually in Biigle (for Eiffel Tower, Montsegur and White Castle) or automatically (for Sapins with a deep-learning model trained and validated on the other sites). Categories considered for substratum classification were the shell/white fragment cover (0-10%; 10-50%; 50-100% of surface covered), the lithology (basalt; slab; sulphurs; volcanoclastic sediment) and the geomorphology (brecciated; fractured; marbled; sedimented; presence of scree rubbles). Annotations and .jpg images were georeferenced as .gpkg shapefiles and .geotiff images respectively.


Marine geology


Deep-sea imagery, Remotely Operated Vehicle, Victor6000, Seabed, Substratum, Lithology, Geomorphology, Spatial patterns


37.17N, 37.17S, -32.16E, -32.16W


All images were retrieved with the OTUS camera.

Images were post-processed with Matisse and georeferenced with Chubacapp.


Substratum characteristics observed from .jpg and .geotiff images
112 KoXLS, XLSXProcessed data
Substratum characteristics (georeferenced in EPSG:3395 - WGS 84 / World Mercator)
1 Mogpkg (GIS shapefile)Processed data
Catalogue of substratum categories and label tree
23 MoDOC, DOCXProcessed data
Read me - File specificities
Images of the seabed acquired with the OTUS camera mounted on the ROV Victor6000
30 Go.rar (compressed)Raw data
How to cite
Ramière Annah, Matabos Marjolaine, Sarrazin Jozee, Borremans Catherine, Soto Vega Pedro Juan, Marcillat Marin, Cannat Mathilde, Wheeler Benjamin, Van Audenhaege Loic (2023). Seabed images and substrata of the southern Lucky Strike hydrothermal vent field. SEANOE.

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