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  • UMass Amherst doctoral student and co-author Helene ver Eecke collects samples of some of the deep-sea heat-loving worms that grow in porous, mineral-rich rocks near volcanic vents called
    UMass Amherst doctoral student and co-author Helene ver Eecke collects samples of some of the deep-sea heat-loving worms that grow in porous, mineral-rich rocks near volcanic vents called "smokers" about 1.4 miles below the Pacific Ocean.
  • The black smoker known as Dante. It's a volcanic vent releasing superheated water, hot gases and minerals in the Juan de Fuca underwater mountain range off the coast of Washington State. Each vent is known by the color of its discharge or
    The black smoker known as Dante. It's a volcanic vent releasing superheated water, hot gases and minerals in the Juan de Fuca underwater mountain range off the coast of Washington State. Each vent is known by the color of its discharge or "smoke" plus a unique name given by the scientists who must navigate in the pitch dark on the ocean floor in a 7-foot diameter submersible. Black smokers are releasing a lot of iron from the Earth's crust. Scientists leave pinging beacons at such locations to aid navigation.
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst microbiologist Jim Holden, chief scientist of the most recent oceanographic cruise of the research vessel, Atlantis, and its submersible, Alvin. Holden supervised 23 researchers working on eight projects for the three-week expedition that ended in September. With Holden in front of Alvin are UMass Amherst doctoral student Helene ver Eecke and UMass Amherst undergraduate Dmitriy
    University of Massachusetts Amherst microbiologist Jim Holden, chief scientist of the most recent oceanographic cruise of the research vessel, Atlantis, and its submersible, Alvin. Holden supervised 23 researchers working on eight projects for the three-week expedition that ended in September. With Holden in front of Alvin are UMass Amherst doctoral student Helene ver Eecke and UMass Amherst undergraduate Dmitriy "Dima" Tokar.
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