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NOAA Photo Library Image - expl1839

Sulfur (yellow) is associated with many of the vent sites at Mussel Ridge. These occurrences tell us that large amounts of sulfur gases are dissolved in the vent fluids. The small terrace in the foreground suggests that the sulfur was molten (at least 119 C) before it solidified after contact with the cold seawater.

Image ID: expl1839, Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect
Location: New Zealand, Kermadec Arc
Photo Date: 2005
Credit: New Zealand-American Submarine Ring of Fire 2005 Exploration; NOAA Vents Program

Category: Ocean exploration/

High Resolution Photo Available

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