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What was your most difficult expedition? Deep-sea vents spew hot, mineral-rich water into the ocean.
Deep-sea vents spew hot, mineral-rich water into the ocean.
   
Chuck Said
Collecting rocks from the bottom of the ocean was a difficult but amazing experience.

Our goal was to collect deep sea vents , which are formed along mid-ocean ridges at the bottom of the ocean. No one had ever done this before. Our plan was to go more than 2,100 meters (7,000 feet) below the surface of the ocean to the Juan de Fuca Ridge, which is off the coast of Washington State.

First, we took a three-week boat trip to do research and make a plan for collecting the vents. The following year we returned to collect them. The team stayed on the ship at the surface to direct the remotely controlled vehicle as it went down to the bottom of the ocean.

It was very complicated, and we didn't know if we could do it. But we did! And now these amazing rocks are in the Museum for everyone to see.