locationsThe scientists will begin their research expedition on Oct. 16, 2012, when they leave port in Ponta Delgada, which is located on the island of São Miguel—part of the Azores archipelago.

They will make three stops along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge—sites with interesting names like “Snake Pit,” “TAG,” and “Rainbow”—before ending the trip Nov. 8 at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.