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

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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Squat lobsters at Seamount X (Lat. 13 15N, Long. 144 01E) living upon a huge sulfur deposit.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 21
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Squat lobsters at Seamount X (Lat. 13 15N, Long. 144 01E) living upon a huge sulfur deposit.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 21
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. The plethora of squat lobsters at Seamount X (Lat. 13 15 N, Long. 144 01 E) disperse as the Jason II ROV comes in for a closer view.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 21
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Squat lobsters at Seamount X (Lat. 13 15N, Long. 144 01E) living upon a huge sulfur deposit. closer view.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 21
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Outcrop of knobby black material. White stringy appearing material is probably biological in origin.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 21
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. A glimpse of a biological community at a Forecast vent site. The species that occur here and in the Mariana backarc spreading center differ from those on the seamounts of the Mariana arc to the north. Snails and white squat lobsters are seen in this image.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 21
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Sampling mineral and biota from the Forecast Seamount Vent Site.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. A grenadier hanging out near an extinct vent chimney.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. A large white crab and smaller squat lobsters on bacterial mat and volcanic rock.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. An active vent spewing shimmering hot water. Snails
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Diving at NW Rota-1 Brimstone Pit. Snails, crab, and shrimp are seen in the shimmering waters of a hydrothermal vent.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Diving at NW Rota-1 Brimstone Pit. Clouds of hydrothermal fluids and small sulfur balls coming into view as an active vent is approached.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Diving at NW Rota-1 Brimstone Pit. Sulfur balls ejected from an active vent and hydrothermal fluids and gases.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Clouds of hydrothermal fluids during an active venting episode.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 21 234922
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Clouds of hydrothermal fluids during an active venting episode.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 22 003422
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Sampling bag above iron oxide stained sediments.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 22 011239
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Sampling claw retrieving hydrothermally altered rock.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 22 020318
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Sampling bag showing above deep sea fish.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 22 033332
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Yellow chunks of sulfur on top of iron oxide stained sediments.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 22 092310
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Robotic arm with sampling bag above hydrothermal vent area. Note yellow staining from sulfurous effluents.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 22 093021
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Shrimp on hydrothermally altered bottom material in vicinity of active venting area.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 23 031601
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Hydrothermally altered rock material.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 23 032830
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. A reddish marine creature swimming to the left while vent shrimp crawl over a sulfur- laden outcrop.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 23 033716
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Balls of native sulfur lay on black sediment in a hydrothermal vent area.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 23 051659
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Black encrustation (biological? mineral?) covering iron oxide stained rock outcrop.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 23 053450
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Sharp contact between black material to right and and iron-oxide altered rock to left.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 23 053542
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Black granular material. Are light areas native sulfur?
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 23 061827
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Robotic arm grasping sulfur encrusted rock.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 23 083642
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Robotic arm grasping glob of pure sulfur.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 23 085811
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Sulfur-laden hydrothermal fluids and gases venting from the seafloor.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 23 091955
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Vent shrimp in the vicinity of a cloud of hydrothermal fluids.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 23 123228
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Vent shrimp in a cloud of hydrothermal fluid.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 23 123250
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. An agglomeration of red and yellow vent shrimp. The reason for their color differences is unknown.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 23 123427
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. A swarm of red and yellow vent shrimp
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 23 124610
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. A swarm of red and yellow vent shrimp
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 23 124620
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. A close-up of red and white vent shrimp.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 23 124905
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Diving at NW Rota-1 Brimstone Pit. Vent shrimp on sulfur covered outcrops.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 23 142759
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Diving at NW Rota-1 Brimstone Pit. Carbon dioxide bubbles rise above an active vent.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 23 171337
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Diving at NW Rota-1 Brimstone Pit. Carbon dioxide bubbles rise above an active vent.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 23 171516
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Diving at NW Rota-1 Brimstone Pit. Carbon dioxide bubbles rise above an active vent.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 23 171558
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Diving at NW Rota-1 Brimstone Pit. Clouds of hydrothermal fluids rising above the seafloor.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 23 171929
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Diving at NW Rota-1 Brimstone Pit. Clouds of hydrothermal fluids rising above sulfur-covered rocks on the seafloor.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 24 103348
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Diving at NW Rota-1 Brimstone Pit. A lone bubble of carbon dioxide rises above an active hydrothermal vent.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 24 103408
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Diving at NW Rota-1 Brimstone Pit. Carbon dioxide bubbles rising above clouds of hydrothermal fluids.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 24 105535
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Diving at NW Rota-1 Brimstone Pit. Carbon dioxide bubbles rising above clouds of hydrothermal fluids.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 24 105634
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Diving at NW Rota-1 Brimstone Pit. An outcrop of sulfur covered with material from hydrothermal venting.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 24 114123
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Diving at NW Rota-1 Brimstone Pit. A raging cloud of hydrothermal effluents venting explosively. It might be time to start retrieving the ROV.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 25 005607
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Diving at NW Rota-1 Brimstone Pit. A raging cloud of hydrothermal effluents venting explosively. It might be time to start retrieving the ROV.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 25 005721
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Diving at NW Rota-1 Brimstone Pit. A raging cloud of hydrothermal effluents venting explosively. It might be time to start retrieving the ROV.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 25 072911
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Ring of Fire 2006 Expedition. Diving at NW Rota-1 Brimstone Pit. Volcanic rocks covered with materials from active hydrothermal venting.
Pacific Ocean, Mariana Arc area 2006 April 25 073925

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