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The Chimney Roane

Chimney Roane AMNH/R. Mickens

Exhibition Text

Roane contains a complex series of interconnected channels and isolated voids.  Some of the channels are lined with the yellow, metallic copper-iron sulfide chalcopyrite, which forms only at temperatures approaching 300 degrees Centigrade.  The small black crystals lining most of the channels are the zinc sulfide wurtzite, which forms at a lower temperature.  The temperature of the water seeping from the top of Roane was 196 degrees Centigrade.

AMNH collection

For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Ocean

Keywords: Pacific Ocean, Hydrothermal vents, Oceanography, Ocean bottom, Minerals

Audience: General