Earth: Inside and Out
Deep Sea Vents Gallery

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"The hyperthermophilic bacteria and Archaea are phylogenetically among the most ancient forms of life. So this raises the possibility that life may have begun in these deep-sea vents..."
-- Edmond A. Mathez, Curator, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, American Museum of Natural History
 
 
Illustrations from the Hall of Planet Earth
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How Hydrothermal Systems Work
How Sulfide Chimneys Form
 
 
Black Smoker Sulfide Chimneys in the Hall of Planet Earth
 
Formation of Sulfide Chimneys
smoker_closeup1_HOPE_th.jpg Detailed Look at the Black Smoker
Close-up of "Finn," one of the black smoker sulfide chimneys...
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Life at the Vents
smoker_hope_th.jpg Black Smoker: Sulfide Chimney
The black smoker known as "Finn," in the Hall of Planet Earth...
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Origin of Life in Deep Sea Vents
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Collecting a Black Smoker Sulfide Chimney
 
smoker_field_th.jpg Underwater at the Vents
Extreme environments reveal much about the limits...
 
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Engineers on the recovery crew hoist "Roane"...
 
smoker_collect2_th.gif Black Smoker Sulfide Chimneys on Board
Black smoker chimney "Gwenen" and portions of another chimney lie on the deck...
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