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Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect
Catalog of Images

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Two more shrimp on a pillow lava. Maybe a vent is nearby.
2011 July 16
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Murky water, a deep sea fish, but little life apparent on rock surface of lava flow.
2011 July 16
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A recent pillow lava flow with biological material resting between the pillows, indicating where low-temperature hydrothermal fluid has been leaking out of the crust.
2011 July 16
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A recent pillow lava flow with biological material resting between the pillows, indicating where low-temperature hydrothermal fluid has been leaking out of the crust.
2011 July 16
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A recent pillow lava flow with biological material resting between the pillows, indicating where low-temperature hydrothermal fluid has been leaking out of the crust.
2011 July 16
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A recent pillow lava flow with biological material resting between the pillows, indicating where low-temperature hydrothermal fluid has been leaking out of the crust.
2011 July 16
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Angular boulders of volcanic rock. A lone white squat lobster shows up in stark contrast to the dark rocks. Some pinkish bacterial material provides evidence of warm mineral laden waters seeping from the earth in this area.
2011 July 16
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Sheet flows and pillow lavas with pink biological material indicating where low- temperature hydrothermal fluid is leaking out of the crust. Cloudy water to the right is indicative of these hydrothermal fluids.
2011 July 16
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Aspect of image makes it difficult to say whether this is a vertical spire or a horizontal spur of volcanic rock jutting into a crevice. The texture of the rock surface indicates that it is lying horizontally and that it is composed of frozen lava.
2011 July 16
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Relatively new pillow lavas which have yet to accumulate much sediment. Pinkish color is caused by biological material obtaining nutrients from low-temperature hydrothermal fluids.
2011 July 16
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Appear to be looking down into a crevice. Are pink globules rising gaseous material or falling particulate matter? Three brachyuran vent crabs, possibly Bythograea thermydron, can be seen below.
2011 July 16
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A recent lava flow showing white microbial staining on the broken basaltic rocks , caused by discharge of warm hydrothermal fluids through the seafloor.
2011 July 16
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An area of angular boulders with white coating which is probably of biological origin. Two brachyuran crabs, possibly Bythograea thermydron, can be seen in lower left of image.
2011 July 16
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Two brachyuran crabs are seen on a volcanic rock column. Intense marine snow is falling in this area - possibly from surface biological material or possibly the snowflakes are minerals precipitating from nearby hydrothermal vent activity .
2011 July 16
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A large fissure in the Galapagos rift area flanked by pillow lavas on each side.
2011 July 16
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A field of extinct sulfide chimneys, a few meters high, rise above the surrounding seafloor. The pink staining is a combination of biological and chemical processes.
2011 July 16
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A field of extinct sulfide chimneys, a few meters high, rise above the surrounding seafloor. The pink staining is a combination of biological and chemical processes.
2011 July 16
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A rugged area of pillow lavas and a large fissure in the seafloor.
2011 July 16
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A pillow on a pedestal in a highly fissured area of seafloor apparently close to the locus of spreading along the Galapagos Rift.
2011 July 16
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Pillow lavas in a highly fissured area of seafloor apparently close to the locus of spreading along the Galapagos Rift.
2011 July 16
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Pillow lavas in a highly fissured area of seafloor apparently close to the locus of spreading along the Galapagos Rift.
2011 July 16
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Angular blocks of lava rock and vent crabs are seen through shimmering water indicating venting hydrothermal fluids.
2011 July 16
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A recent pillow lava flow with biological material resting between the pillows, indicating where low-temperature hydrothermal fluid has been leaking out of the crust.
2011 July 16
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Pillow lavas along a large fissure on the Galapagos Rift
2011 July 16
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A recent pillow lava flow with biological material resting between the pillows, indicating where low-temperature hydrothermal fluid has been leaking out of the crust.
2011 July 16
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A recent pillow lava flow with biological material resting between the pillows, indicating where low-temperature hydrothermal fluid has been leaking out of the crust.
2011 July 16
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Hydrothermal mineral laden fluids give a smoky appearance to the waters near a hydrothermal vent.
2011 July 16
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Large pillow lavas on the Galapagos Rift
2011 July 17
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Looking down a cliff-face into a deep fissure along the Galapagos Rift.
2011 July 17
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A large crack in an otherwise smooth lava sea floor along the Galapagos Rift
2011 July 17
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Note the white faces on the rock in the right center of the image. This apparently once continuous tube-like lava flow appears to have been pulled apart as this rift formed. Ocular proof of plate tectonics in action. A mini-version of the fit between Africa and South America.
2011 July 17
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Pillow lavas with light sediment cover. Two red shrimp are seen in the left half of the image.
2011 July 17
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Cracked pillow lavas with hydrothermal alteration of the rock faces. Two red shrimp appear to be acting in concert in lower center of image.
2011 July 17
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Diffuse venting areas, such as this one found on an early dive, host unique microbial communities fueled by nutrients contained in the escaping hydrothermal fluids.
2011 July 17
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Diffuse venting areas, such as this one found on an early dive, host unique microbial communities fueled by nutrients contained in the escaping hydrothermal fluids.
2011 July 17
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Diffuse venting areas, such as this one found on an early dive, host unique microbial communities fueled by nutrients contained in the escaping hydrothermal fluids.
2011 July 17
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A recent lava flow showing white microbial staining on the broken basaltic rocks , caused by discharge of warm hydrothermal fluids through the seafloor. The discharge is still occurring at this location as evidenced by the shimmering aspect of the waters over the white bacterial covered area.
2011 July 17
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Hydrothermal mineral laden fluids give a smoky appearance to the waters near a hydrothermal vent. The sea floor can barely be perceived below with a white vent crab seen in lower center of image and white microbial covered pillow lava structures seen as well.
2011 July 17
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Classic pillow lavas in foreground with hydrothermally altered material in background.
2011 July 17
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Hydrothermally altered and shattered pillow lavas. A large red shrimp is in center of one shattered pillow structure.
2011 July 17
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A deep crevasse probably marking proximity to the locus of seafloor spreading.
2011 July 17
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An extinct hydrothermal spire probably composed of sulfide minerals spewed from a black smoker.
2011 July 17
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Closeup of the surface of an extinct hydrothermal spire probably composed of various sulfide minerals. Note white brittle star on this spire, a type of fauna hardly ever noted in proximity to active venting.
2011 July 17
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Pillow lavas at the edge of crevasse near the locus of active spreading.
2011 July 17
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An oddly broken lava slab showing cooling zones of lava and pink and white alteration.
2011 July 17
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A recent pillow lava flow with biological material resting between the pillows, indicating where low-temperature hydrothermal fluid has been leaking out of the crust.
2011 July 17
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A field of extinct sulfide chimneys, several meters high, rise above the surrounding seafloor. The pink staining is a combination of biological and chemical processes.
2011 July 17
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A field of extinct sulfide chimneys, several meters high, rise above the surrounding seafloor. The pink staining is a combination of biological and chemical processes.
2011 July 17
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A field of extinct sulfide chimneys, several meters high, rise above the surrounding seafloor. The pink staining is a combination of biological and chemical processes.
2011 July 17
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A field of extinct sulfide chimneys, several meters high, rise above the surrounding seafloor. The pink staining is a combination of biological and chemical processes.
2011 July 17

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