Inferno Hydrothermal Vent 2013

Inferno Hydrothermal Vent 2013

The ~ 4 m tall chimney called Inferno in the ASHES hydrothermal field sprouts a very young (< 2 year old) fragile beehive. The beehive structure is composed of very fine-grained sulfide minerals and anhydrite. Lush assemblages of tube worms, palm worms and limpets grow on the outer walls of the edifice. VISIONS '13, LEG 4.

Photo credit: NSF-OOI/UW/CSSF

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