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Chemical Concoction

Chemical Concoction

June 27, 2006

The submersible Alvin‘s manipulator reaches toward a black smoker chimney at 17°S on the East Pacific Rise. The “black smoke” consists of an abundance of dark, fine-grained, suspended particles that precipitate when the hot fluid mixes with cold seawater. (Photo by Meg Tivey, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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