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Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect
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The longfinger hermit crab (Pagurus rathbuni).
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Starfish image of the Big Dipper pointing to the North Star. This is also a replica of the Alaska State Flag.
Alaska
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Large chimneys discovered at the Fonualei Rift. These spires, reaching 35-40 meters in height, formed close to each other at a depth of 1,555 meters.
Pacific Ocean, NE Lau Basin 2012 September 13
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A site at Fonualei Rift revealed large expanses of dead mussel shells (the majority with valves closed) and gastropods and shells at the base of several sulfide chimneys.
Pacific Ocean, NE Lau Basin 2012 September 13
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Snails, commonly referred to as hairy snails, clustered on a chimney at Fonualei Rift.
Pacific Ocean, NE Lau Basin 2012 September 13
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A hot vent (255 degrees C) near the top of a 38-meter-high sulfide chimney in the Loloa Kakai vent field on the Fonualei rift, sampled during dive Q233. The vent fluids forming these giant columnar chimneys are a result of water/rock reaction deep below the seafloor. They have a pH of approximately 5.2, not nearly as acidic as Volcano O cone fluids.
Pacific Ocean, NE Lau Basin 2012 September 15
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Taking a sample of hot water with a titanium syringe sampler. The pH of the water here was approximately 2. No animals of any kind were seen in this environment, except for a hapless shrimp who succumbed to the toxic emissions.
Pacific Ocean, NE Lau Basin 2012 September 15
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These gelatinous globules covered large areas of the seafloor seen while the ROV was ascending the western slope of the central cone within the large caldera of Volcano O during dive Q324. Very similar globules have been seen at Axial Seamount on the Juan de Fuca Ridge following a volcanic eruption.
Pacific Ocean, NE Lau Basin 2012 September 15
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Pillow lava tubes among sediment and lava rock along summit at Mata Ua. Area in view is approximately 4 meters in height and 7 meters in width.
Pacific Ocean, NE Lau Basin 2012 September 16
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Quest 4000 ROV collects a rock sample among pillow lava at Mata Ua.
Pacific Ocean, NE Lau Basin 2012 September 16
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A squat lobster at Mata Ua.
Pacific Ocean, NE Lau Basin 2012 September 16
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At the Adelaide Spires vent field 20 or more active chimneys are so close they have grown together.
Pacific Ocean, NE Lau Basin 2012 September 18
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The Quest 4000 ROV prepares to use a 'gastight' vent fluid sampler.
Pacific Ocean, NE Lau Basin 2012 September 18
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Black smoke from the top of a chimney is carried "downwind" by the strong current in the vent field.
Pacific Ocean, NE Lau Basin 2012 September 18
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A close-up view of the two species of snails found at the Niua South ( Alvinoconcha and Ifremieria ).
Pacific Ocean, NE Lau Basin 2012 September 18
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The Quest 4000 remotely operated vehicle collecting geological samples with the manipulator claw.
Pacific Ocean, NE Lau Basin 2012 September 18
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Imagery of a hydrothermal vent chimney with snails taken by the Quest 4000 remotely operated vehicle in the NE Lau Basin.
2012 September 18
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The Quest 4000 remotely operated vehicle collecting biological samples with suction sampler.
2012 September 19
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A "bush" of barnacles and other vent animals were one of the first indicators that the ROV was getting close to the high-temperature vents.
2012 September 20
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Close-up view of the stalked barnacles filter-feeding with their white citti that look like little palm fronds.
2012 September 20
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A sulfide chimney with lower-temperature venting on the right is colonized by a thick coating of vent barnacles, looking somewhat like a Christmas tree.
2012 September 20
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Two black smoker chimneys belch hot vent fluid up into the water column, helping to form the plume that the CTD found above the volcano.
2012 September 20
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A large crab of the genus, Paralomis, crawls on the volcanic sediment and rock at West Mata.
2012 September 21
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A scale worm, only found at hydrothermal vent communities, imaged by the Quest 4000 at West Mata.
2012 September 21
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Large chimneys discovered at Fonualei Rift. The site was named Laloa Kakai by the Submarine Ring of Fire 2012 exploration team, which translates to "tall people" in Tongan.
2012 September
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Clusters of what appear to be polysaccharide sacs on the seafloor seen at the beginning of the dive at Volcano O.
2012 September
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The orangish-brown material is iron oxide encrusted microbial mats, often observed at low-temperature hydrothermal vents.
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A great diversity of chimneys were seen at Mata Tolu.
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Microbial mats coated in white sulfate material were observed and sampled at several vent sites at West Mata in 2009. These mats were dominated by Epsilonproteobacteria which is a class of bacteria often associated with sulfur oxidation in marine environments.
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Snails, crabs and scale worms on a chimney at Mata Tolu.
2012 September 23
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The cooled "pillow" lava seen here forms when eruptions spread at relatively slow rates.
2012 September
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Sulfur deposited on the cone flanks and surrounding areas gives the appearance of a snow storm.
2012 September 14
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Sulfur-rich layer coating lava ash at Volcano O.
2012 September 14
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Beautiful large tubeworms, some of which we collected were a meter in length and an centimeter in diameter at the opening to their tube, were seen for the first time at this site.
2012 September 22
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Opaepele shrimp were the only fauna (other than a single zoarcid fish) observed in May 2009 on West Mata, as shown in abundance here at Shrimp City. Temporal changes in vent community structure revealed a massive increase in the number of shrimp, as seen during this cruise near Shrimp City.
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Carbon dioxide released into the water column as small droplets of liquid at Niua North.
2012 September 22
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Jets of sulfur shooting out from holes in the sediment-covered seafloor at Niua North.
2012 September 22
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A gravid (with eggs) shrimp at Niua North.
2012 September 22
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Some chimneys at Mata Fitu looked like Christmas trees.
2012 September 22
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Close up of crabs and snails near chimneys at Mata Tolu.
2012 September 23
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Stalked barnacles on chimneys at Mata Fitu.
2012 September 22
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Snails cluster around the base of a hydrothermal vent chimney at Mata Tolu.
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Dense concentrations of shrimp, many of which were gravid (egg bearing) at West Mata.
2012 September 19
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From catsharks to sea stars, the diversity of marine life on shipwrecks is often higher than in surrounding areas.
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Multiple catsharks and catshark egg casings rest on suspended fishing line.
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Sample of corallimorphs collected by ROV Jason photographed under a blacklight to demonstrate florescence.
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After careful consultation with the Commanding Officer of NOAA Ship RONALD H. BROWN, ROV Jason prepares to cut free an abandoned fishing net suspended by floats from a shipwreck to allow for better navigation during mosaicing.
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Coelopluerus sp., urchin collected with the Jason II remotely operated vehicle on NOAA Ship RONALD H. BROWN.
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Cidaroid (pencil) urchin collected with the Jason II remotely operated vehicle on NOAA Ship RONALD H. BROWN.
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Pluteus larva of the urchin Cidaris blakei.

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