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Image : Expedition to Mid-Cayman Rise Identifies Unusual Variety of Deep Sea Vents

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launching Nereus
As storm clouds gather and seas deteriorate, a team recovers the hybrid vehicle Nereus aboard the R/V Cape Hatteras during an expedition to the Mid-Cayman Rise in October 2009. A search for new vent sites along the 110 km ridge, the expedition featured the first use of Nereus in "autonomous" or free-swimming mode. (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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