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Part of a black smoker.

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This top piece of a black smoker chimney was plucked from the southern East Pacific Rise for study by geochemist Meg Tivey and colleagues. Named "Hobbes" by the research team, the hydrothermal vent section was examined for its minerals and other chemistry. (Incidentally, "Calvin" lived just a few meters away on the seafloor.)
(Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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