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Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect
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Hydrothermal 'smoke", really mineral-laden vent fluids, rising into water column at Tempus Fugit vent field.
2011 July 19
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In a hydrothermal venting fog cloud with much particulate matter raining down.
2011 July 19
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A Brachyuran crab rests on rock near a site of diffused venting. These blind crabs are typically found inhabiting mussel beds close to hydrothermal venting.
2011 July 19
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Microscopic microbial material often lines cracks and vent openings in the basaltic seafloor lava following volcanic eruptions. This area has a particularly interesting pattern of microbial coverage.
2011 July 19
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Shrimp and crabs colonizing a rock outcrop at a diffuse venting site.
2011 July 19
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Brachyuran crabs rest on rock near a site of diffused venting. These blind crabs are typically found inhabiting mussel beds close to hydrothermal venting.
2011 July 19
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Brachyuran crabs are seen on a rock surface near a site of diffused venting. These blind crabs are typically found inhabiting mussel beds close to hydrothermal venting.
2011 July 19
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A pinkish fish and a blind Brachyuran crab seen near a site of diffused venting.
2011 July 19
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A Brachyuran crab rests on rock near a site of diffused venting. These blind crabs are typically found inhabiting mussel beds close to hydrothermal venting.
2011 July 19
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A Brachyuran crab rests on rock near a site of diffused venting. These blind crabs are typically found inhabiting mussel beds close to hydrothermal venting.
2011 July 19
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Hydrothermal venting as noted by shimmering water, Riftia pachyptila tube worms, and carpets of small anemones covering bare basalt surface.
2011 July 22
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Agglomeration of white brachyuran crabs on outskirts of vent field. Pillow lavas either hydrothermally altered or covered with either chemical material or bacterial mat.
2011 July 19
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Field of rounded pillow lavas near hydrothermal vent site.
2011 July 19
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Hydrothermally altered lava either near active vent site or perhaps at extinct vent site.
2011 July 22
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An open lava tube. This collapsed feature often occurs when the outer edges of a flow are quickly cooled by contact with seawater. The insulated lava inside remains viscous and eventually recedes, creating a void.
2011 July 20
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An open lava tube. This collapsed feature often occurs when the outer edges of a flow are quickly cooled by contact with seawater. The insulated lava inside remains viscous and eventually recedes, creating a void.
2011 July 20
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An open lava tube. This collapsed feature often occurs when the outer edges of a flow are quickly cooled by contact with seawater. The insulated lava inside remains viscous and eventually recedes, creating a void.
2011 July 20
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Spaghetti worms cover a basalt rock surface
2011 July 20
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Spaghetti worms and a large red shrimp on a basalt rock surface
2011 July 20
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An open lava tube. This collapsed feature often occurs when the outer edges of a flow are quickly cooled by contact with seawater. The insulated lava inside remains viscous and eventually recedes, creating a void.
2011 July 20
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An eel pout over a relatively smooth lava bottom in the vicinity of hydrothermal venting as the water is murky and filled debris, perhaps chemical precipitates from vent water.
2011 July 20
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A lava collapse feature in the vicinity of a hydrothermal vent. Murky water with much material probable result of hydrothermal venting.
2011 July 20
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A field of ropy pahoehoe lava that exhibited apparent laminar flow
2011 July 20
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Clam bed in vicinity of venting
2011 July 22
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Image dominated by two large Riftia pachyptila tube worms with a large anemone in right bottom center, a few siblonogid worms on bottom right, many greenish limpets, a few vent shrimp, and some yellow mussels in crack in upper left and elsewhere.
2011 July 22
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Image dominated by a large Riftia pachyptila tube worms and a large green anemone in the center, a few siblonogid worms on the right edge, many
2011 July 22
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Siboglinid tube worms, perhaps a species not observed before on the Galapagos Rift, were found at Tempus Fugit vent field. Numerous limpets are also seen in this image.
2011 July 22
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Riftia tube worms and a carpet of small white anemones.
2011 July 22
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A large headed eel pout like fish
2011 July 22
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An open lava tube. This collapsed feature often occurs when the outer edges of a flow are quickly cooled by contact with seawater. The insulated lava inside remains viscous and eventually recedes, creating a void.
2011 July 23
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Yellow sulfites? bacterial material covering rock? and a white tube worm.
2011 July 22
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White tube worms and a few anemones on pillow lavas with a large eel pout in the foreground.
2011 July 22
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Anemones, white tube worms, at least one Riftia pachyptila tube worm in right center next to white squat lobster, and perhaps white bacterial mat material between pillow lava structures.
2011 July 22
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Microbial and sponge material were found in pockets in the active portion of the Tempus Fugit vent field (live clam at center).
2011 July 22
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Microbial and sponge material were found in pockets in the active portion of the Tempus Fugit vent field. Clams and a brachyuran crab are seen associated with the bacterial material.
2011 July 22
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Microbial and sponge material were found in pockets in the active portion of the Tempus Fugit vent field. A live clam is seen in the left center.
2011 July 22
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A gelatinous mass of bacteria growing near a vent site.
2011 July 22
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Clam shells, riftia tube worms, and white bacterial mat material on rock surface.
2011 July 22
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At least two species of shrimp, yellow shelled mussels, a crab, and other life forms can be found in this image.
2011 July 22
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Siblonogid worms, limpets, mussels, a large translucent anemone with tentacles hanging down, a large pinkish brown scale worm, yellow mussels, large white clams, and numerous shrimp at a vent site with shimmering warm water. A high diversity of life at at vent site.
2011 July 22
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Siboglinid tube worms, a species not seen before on the Galapagos Rift, were found at Tempus Fugit vent field. A high density of limpets and a few shrimp are seen here also.
Pacific Ocean, Galapagos Rift 2011 July 22
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A fluffy bacterial? mat, white anemones, and a large feather duster worm.
2011 July 22
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Riftia tube worms, smaller siboglinid tube worms, yellowish mussels, small white anemones, scale worms,limpets, and shrimp all seen in this diverse hydrothermal vent community.
2011 July 22
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Large broken clam shells, a live clam in the bottom right corner, yellow mussel shells, small white tube worms, and white galatheid crabs.
2011 July 22
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Carpets of small (inch-long) anemones covered rock faces adjacent to the active venting in the Tempus Fugit vent field.
2011 July 22
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Carpets of small (inch-long) anemones covered rock faces adjacent to the active venting in the Tempus Fugit vent field. A polychaete worm is also seen in the left center.
2011 July 22
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Carpets of small (inch-long) anemones covered rock faces adjacent to the active venting in the Tempus Fugit vent field.
2011 July 22
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Carpets of small (inch-long) anemones covered rock faces adjacent to the active venting in the Tempus Fugit vent field.
2011 July 22
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Clam shells, small white tube worms, small white anemones, and a large white-faced fish.
2011 July 22
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Riftia tubeworms colonize diffuse vent habitats between broken pieces of lava. Small mussels, less than two inches, were growing in cracks adjacent to vent openings (lower right).
2011 July 22

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