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Under the Pacific: Images from the Visions 2005 Project

KECK short-period Seismometer

(Image credit: Visions '05 Expedition/Neptune Project/U. of Washington/NSF)

Short-period seismometer in the Mothra Hydrothermal Field 2005.

Smoker with Worms

(Image credit: Visions '05 Expedition/Neptune Project/U. of Washington/NSF)

Shown above is a smoker with worms.

Microbes

(Image credit: Visions '05 Expedition/Neptune Project/U. of Washington/NSF)

Shown above are microbes.

Remote Access Sampler - Close Up

(Image credit: Visions '05 Expedition/Neptune Project/U. of Washington/NSF)

This is a close-up of the RAS intake installed in a hydrothermal vent. The bare teflon intake line is protected inside a titanium tube to avoid clogging during deployment. A mini-temperature recorder attached to the intake tube records temperature every 15 minutes for the duration of the deployment.

360°C Chimney called Sully in the Main Endeavour Hydrothermal Field

(Image credit: Visions '05 Expedition/Neptune Project/U. of Washington/NSF)

This 360°C vigorously venting black smoker chimney isolated in the Main Endeavour Hydrothermal Field. Known as 'Sully', this chimney has undergone dramatic changes since it was perturbed by a series of earthquakes in 1999-2000. Prior to 2002, its tubeworm communities were not present on this chimney.