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Deep Sea Vents: Science at the Extreme



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Vent Community
Photograph by Emory Kristof

A vent community in its prime: Pale pink eelpout fish and white brachyuran crabs swim and scuttle among blood-red tube worms large and small. Scientists are still trying to figure out how the offspring of such organisms disperse over long stretches of inhospitable seafloor to colonize widely separated vent systems.



Camera: HDTV camera specially packaged by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Film Type: HDTV
Lens: non-zoom
Speed and F Stop: n/a
Weather Conditions: 8,500 feet (2,600 meters) underwater, dark and wet
Time of Day: irrelevant
Lighting Techniques: 400-watt HMI lights manufactured by Deep Sea Power and Lights.




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