Southern Surveyor: Stories from on board Australia’s ocean research vessel – Professor Richard Arculus

By Sarah Schofield

12 November 2015

1 minute read

One of Australia’s best non-fiction writers Michael Veitch has interviewed the men and women who worked on board CSIRO’s Marine National Facility research vessel Southern Surveyor, to produce an engaging and sometimes dramatic account of their adventures.

The book includes a chapter on Professor Richard Arculus an igneous petrologist from the Australian National University, who used the sonar systems on board RV Southern Surveyor to discover the West Mata submarine volcano, which lies 1,100 metres below the ocean’s surface and is 200 kilometres southwest of Samoan Islands.


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