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NOAA Photo Library Image - expl6419

Pillow lavas with hundreds of dead mussel shells littering spaces between pillows. A hydrothermal vent community was here in the past but the activity has apparently ceased in this area leading to the death of the associated chemosynthetic community.

Image ID: expl6419, Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect
Photo Date: 2011 July 15
Credit: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Galapagos Rift Expedition 2011

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