The Puma, or "plume mapper," autonomous underwater vehicle uses sonar, lasers, and chemical sensors to search wide areas near the ocean floor to detect the telltale temperature, chemical, and turbidity signals from hydrothermal vent plumes. (Photo by Hanumant Singh, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)



WHOI logo

Last updated June 27, 2007
© Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. All rights reserved