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

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Layers of mud exposed.
2010 July 10
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Area on right appears to be a flow of material that has covered up much material .
2010 July 11
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A series of large ripples on the seafloor that is reminiscent of gravity waves in clouds.
2010 July 12
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Looking down on ripple patterns in sediment interspersed with boulders.
2010 July 13
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Iron oxide hydrothermal alteration of rock outcrop.
2010 July 13
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Iron oxide hydrothermal alteration of rock outcrop. The bright yellow area may be bacterial mat material.
2010 July 13
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Hydrothermal alteration around a crevice. Perhaps this was the site of a warm hydrothermal spring.
2010 July 24
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Ledge with iron oxide staining. Small fauna including various sponges and corals can be seen.
2010 July 24
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Iron oxide staining on edge of rock outcrop.
2010 July 24
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Rocks with iron oxide staining. A brownish red anemone is seen above the orange rocks.
2010 July 24
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A small trench, perhaps caused by a whale foraging along bottom, with a red shrimp.
2010 July 25
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The equivalent of a deep sea crop circle. Did biological or geological phenomena cause this circular array of holes? Probably biological cause but why would a group of animals or a single animal excavate a number of holes in this circular pattern?
2010 July 26
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The equivalent of a deep sea crop circle. Did biological or geological phenomena cause this circular array of holes? Probably biological cause but why would a group of animals or a single animal excavate a number of holes in this circular pattern?
2010 July 26
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A linear slit-like crevice in an otherwise undisturbed seafloor. Clouds of dust probably caused by Little Hercules disturbing seafloor.
2010 July 27
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A wall of somewhat columnar jointed volcanic rock. A lone white sponge adorns the wall on the upper right.
2010 July 28
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Angular boulders of volcanic rocks.
2010 July 28
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Angular boulders of volcanic rocks laying over gravel and sand bottom. An eel-like fish is in the bottom center.
2010 July 28
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Small conical mounds with holes in the top, probably some sort of animal burrow. The right-most mound is reminiscent of a bee-hive.
2010 August 1
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Small conical mounds with holes in the top, probably some sort of animal burrow.
2010 August 1
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A slab of mudstone, possibly part of landslide debris. The orange colored material is probably of biological origin.
2010 August 2
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Layers of mudstone or perhaps volcanic ash flows.
2010 August 5
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Three layers of rock, each with distinct characteristics.
2010 August 5
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Relatively large sand waves on the seafloor indicating high current regime in this area.
2010 June 29
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A live clam is inspected on the seafloor at Kawio Barat. Many of these were seen just sitting on the seafloor as opposed to buried in sediment.
2010 June 29
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Shrimp in vicinity of hydrothermal vent on Kawio Barat
2010 June 30
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Shrimp and rivulets of moten sulphur at Kawio Barat. Molten sulphur at high temperature is black while the yellow sulphur indicates a lower temperature when molten. Diffuse vent fluids in the area promote the growth of bacteria, attracting dense populations of shrimp that graze on the food source.
2010 June 30
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A nearby hydrothermal vent, a scale worm, shrimp, and precipitates of native sulfur at a vent field on Kawio Barat.
2010 June 30
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A vent shrimp on a carpet of granular material in the Kawio Barat vent field.
2010 June 30
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A hydrothermal spire covered with barnacles on Kawio Barat.
2010 June 30
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Barnacles feeding at the hydrothermal field at Kawio Barat. These barnacles are stalked, which most likely benefits the barnacle by getting it off the seafloor and into the water column, raising its likelihood of encountering passing plankton while feeding.
2010 June 30
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Orange iron oxide hydrothermally altered rock with white bacterial material growing. Small orange coated creature in lower left center is bristle worm.
2010 June 30
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Barnacles attached to hydrothermal vent spires feeding at Kawio Barat.
2010 June 30
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Feeding barnacles and some vent shrimp seen at Kawio Barat.
2010 June 30
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Feeding barnacles and some vent shrimp seen at Kawio Barat. The tentacles, or cirri, of the barnacles, extend like blooming flowers, then fold back into the shell. The white fluff on the cirri are filaments of bacteria that grow in the passing vent water. The barnacles hold them out to promote growth, and then, apparently, retract the cirri to "lick their fingers."
2010 June 30
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Barnacles attached to hydrothermal vent spires feeding at Kawio Barat. Curiously , the density of barnacles decreases with height and at a color change on the large vent spire in the right center of the image.
2010 June 30
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Feeding barnacles in close proximity to thermal vent (note shimmering water).
2010 June 30
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The first animals sighted on this initial dive to Kawio Barat were clams sparsely scattered over the sediment and white mats, both of which use vent fluids as energy for associated microbes.
2010 June 30
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Shrimp seemingly covered with precipitated material? absorbed ingested material? near vent at Kawio Barat
2010 July 29
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Shrimp seemingly covered with precipitated material? absorbed ingested material? near vent at Kawio Barat
2010 July 29
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Shrimp and native sulfur at hydrothermal vent field at Kawio Barat
2010 July 29
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Shrimp at a vent site at Kawio Barat.
2010 July 29
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Vent shrimp on underside of highly vesicular rock.
2010 July 29
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Vent shrimp, one covered with what might be yellow bacterial material.
2010 July 29
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Closeup of pinkish red shrimp in vicinity of vent site.
2010 July 29
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Shrimp covered with yellowish orange bacterial material.
2010 July 29
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Vent shrimp - one covered with yellow-orange bacterial material and other covered with white material.
2010 July 29
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Vent shrimp with varying degrees of coloration from either bacterial or mineral material. The seeming large shrimp is an optical illusion as it is swimming and closer to the camera than the shrimp on the rock face.
2010 July 29
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Hydrothermal vent spewing heated fluids on the flank of Kawio Barat volcano. Rivulets of yellow and gray native sulfur are frozen in place after having run partially down the volcano's side. Numerous large shrimp can be seen below the vent.
2010 July 29
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Vent shrimp on frozen rivulets of gray and yellow sulfur.
2010 July 29
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Vent shrimp on frozen rivulets of gray and yellow sulfur.
2010 July 29

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