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Ice Fumaroles in Hawking's Gap

A fumarole is an opening in a planet’s crust that allows gases and dissolved minerals from deep below the surface to eject into the surroundings or deposit around the sides of the openings.[1] Fumaroles can be found in various places on planets and moons. They often show up in the detailed surface scanner as a Geologic Signal followed by a parenthetical number, indicating the sequence in which the scanner detected the location (e.g. Geologic Signal (14)).

The Codex has two categories: fumarole and ice fumarole. Regular fumaroles tend to be large and round; varying in size across a geologic site. Ice fumaroles are often thinner and sometimes give off a fiery glow during their venting period. This fiery glow will alternate between vents at each geologic location, with only one or two fumaroles venting at a time.

 Types Edit

There are three known types of fumaroles:

  • Sulphur Dioxide Fumaroles
  • Water Fumaroles
  • Silicate Vapour Fumaroles

There are seven known types of ice fumaroles:

  • Sulphur Dioxide Ice Fumarole
  • Water Ice Fumarole
  • Carbon Dioxide Ice Fumarole
  • Ammonia Ice Fumarole
  • Methane Ice Fumarole
  • Nitrogen Ice Fumarole
  • Silicate Vapour Ice Fumarole

Locations Edit

These are some discovered fumaroles.[2] Also check this related thread on the Elite Dangerous forums.

System Planet Coordinates Notes
Blaa Hypa ZZ-P d5-145 B 1 Lat: -2.27° / Long: -10.18°
Boelts RL-E c28-2554 D 1 Lat: -9.29° / Long: 148.69°
Chaea Thua XE-R D4-18 1 C Lat: -51.17° / Long: -45.58°
Col 173 Sector KY-Q D5-47 15 F A Lat: -61.00° / Long: -99.42°
Col 173 Sector KY-Q D5-47 15 F A Lat: -61.00° / Long: -99.42°
Synuefe XR-H D11-102 1 B A Lat: 7.6° / Long: 65.1°
HIP 20485 A 1 Lat: -1.0060° / Long: -117.4010° Source.[3]
Scheau Flyi KR-W e1-6736 A 1 A Lat: -29.35° / Long: 37.11° Source.[4]
Smojue LH-D d12-3 9 B Lat: 0.46° / Long: 144.04° Source.[4]
HIP 17401 A 3 A A Lat: 25.6° / Long: 90.3° Source.[4]
Pleione 3 A Lat: 11.6° / Long: -32.1° Source.[4]
Eta Cassiopeiae New Moon Lat: -21.35° / Long: 72.60° Source.[4]
IC 4604 Sector BA-A D57 1 A Lat: 48.24° / Long: 85.72° Source.[4]
Gbekree AB 3 B A Lat: -22.79° / Long: -99.07°
Electra 1 Lat: -23.9855° / Long: -26.8011°
Sifou MP-H c10-4 1 E A Lat: -29.0317 ° / Long: -93.6991 ° Video Tour
Praea Euq KB-W c15-26 A 9 Lat: 17.0415° / Long: 129.3963° Video Tour

Notes Edit

  • Prior to Elite Dangerous: Beyond Chapter 4, explorers would document the planetary body, latitude, and longitude of geyser locations for later reference. Manual discovery of these locations could take many hours or even days. Chapter 4's improvements to discovery tools enabled automatic logging of these locations in the Codex for easy reference. An unfortunate side effect of that update is that some classic geologic locations were erased or heavily modified.
  • Geologic sites are prime locations for farming raw materials for synthesis. Fumarole locations spawn a combination of crystalline clusters, crystal fragments, needle crystals, and piceous cobble on the side of the fumarole vents. Shooting these objects with the SRV laser cannon allows them to be collected with the cargo scoop.

References Edit

  1. https://canonn.science/codex/fumeroles-geysers-and-volcanism/
  2. Geyser and Fumarole Location Catalog and Data Collection 
  3. https://www.reddit.com/r/EliteDangerous/comments/89wcvp/undocumented_fumarole_field_on_hip_20485_a_1/
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Galactic Geologist - Issue 1

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