Smokin Hot

Smokin Hot

A young smoker near the base of the suflide edifice called 'Mushroom' emits particle-poor, shimmering water at temperatures  >100oC.  Tube worms, palm worms and limpets bathe in diffusely flowing fluids that vent out of the porous chimney walls and mix with the surrounding, nearly freezing seawater. A high definition camera will be installed at this site providing real-time live imagery in 2014. (VISIONS '13 Dive R-1614)

Photo credit:  OOI-NSF/UW/CSSF

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