New type of hydrothermal vent looms large

By Sid Perkins, 15:48 PM April 15, 2008

A newly found hydrothermal vent system, which its discoverers have dubbed the Lost City, rises on an undersea mountain in the Atlantic Ocean. The mineral deposits produced by these vents include, at 18 stories tall, the largest ever observed. The deposits rise like chimneys above the seafloor and are host to rich communities of microbial life.

This scene represents a new type of hydrothermal vent system, reports Deborah S. Kelley, a geologist at the University of Washington in Seattle. The mi...

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