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Image : Hydrothermal Vents

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Hot fluid seeps out of a black smoker vent and mixes with the cold water at the Mid-Cayman Rise, the deepest part of the Caribbean Sea where two tectonic plate move apart and magma rises to create new seafloor. (photos: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Mid-Cayman Rise Expedition 2011)

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Last updated: June 8, 2012
 


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