Images: Deep-Sea 'Black Smoker' Vents in Action

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Hydrothermal vent chimney

Credit: (c) 2012 MBARI
This photo-montage shows a deep-sea hydrothermal vent chimney--one of many that were recently discovered by MBARI researchers in the southern Gulf of California.…Read More »

Some of the recently discovered chimneys were over 65 feet (20 meters tall. The "smoke" emanating from this chimney is actually tiny mineral particles that form when the hydrothermal fluids come in contact with near-freezing seawater.   Less «
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