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NOAA Photo Library Image - expl0050

Pacific Ring of Fire Expedition. Photosynthetic green and red algae is growing on the same rocks as chemosynthetic bacterial mat near the top of East Diamante volcano. Usually, these two life forms are not found together because one depends on the sun for energy and the other on chemical energy from deepsea hydr othermal vents. Here, however, submarine volcanoes come close to the surface.

Image ID: expl0050, Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect
Location: Mariana Arc region, Western Pacific Ocean
Photo Date: 2004 April
Credit: Pacific Ring of Fire 2004 Expedition. NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration; Dr. Bob Embley, NOAA PMEL, Chief Scientist

Category: Ocean exploration/

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