Story: Life in hot springs

Microbial mat from an undersea volcano

Microbial mat from an undersea volcano

This is a view of the ocean floor near a hydrothermal vent. The vent is in the crater of the undersea Volcano W on the Kermadec Ridge, north of New Zealand. The photograph was taken during a dive by the submersible Pisces V on 22 April 2005 as part of a joint venture expedition by GNS Science and NOAA–PMEL (the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory). The suction sampler is vacuuming up some organic microbial mat, while the probe beneath it records the temperature.

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GNS Science, New Zealand American Ring of Fire expedition collection
Reference: P4182613
Photograph by Cornel de Ronde

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Bruce Mountain, 'Life in hot springs - Thermophiles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 July 2022)

Story by Bruce Mountain, published 12 Jun 2006