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NOAA Photo Library Image - expl8354

Small mounds or volcanoes around the periphery of a brine pool rose small heights (centimeters) from the seafloor. Some of these small volcanoes were emitting gas, probably also mixed with liquid hydrocarbons and brine. Is the brown material covering the black oil a mineral precipitate or is it of biological origin?

Image ID: expl8354, Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect
Location: Gulf of Mexico, Green Canyon, Ewing Block 915
Photo Date: 2012 April 20
Credit: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Gulf of Mexico 2012 Expedition

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