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Black smoker

Part of Hall of Planet Earth.

Black Smoker

Exhibition Text

Modern black smokers, like ancient black smokers, contain complex mixtures of fine crystals of iron, copper, and zinc sulfides. The images to the left are high-magnification views of the polished surface of a piece of Finn, one of the sulfide chimneys collected for this exhibition.

AMNH collection

For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Minerals and Resources

Keywords: Hydrothermal vents, Oceanography, Ocean bottom, Minerals

Audience: General