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Featured: 2011 NOAA Galapagos Rift Expedition

2012 February 14

Congratulations to NOAA, Ocean Explorer for their featured photo in State of the Environment!

This photo taken on September 1, 2011 shows a new deep sea discovery! The 2011 Galapagos Rift Expedition with NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer Program brought scientists to study the deep sea hydrothermal vent systems in the area of the Galapagos Islands.

Riftia tubeworms 8,399 feet under! Photo courtesy of NOAA

In a vent field now known as the “Tempus Fugit Vent Field” at about 2,560 meters down, or about 8,399 feet, scientists discovered,”one of the largest concentrations of Riftia tubeworms ever observed, with anemones and mussels colonizing in close proximity.”

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3 Responses
  1. Samuell permalink
    December 1, 2012

    Hi Lauren and Tessa, what a wonderful experience at galapagos islands!!! I, as ecuadorian, recomend everyone who visit us, to take a trip to Galapagos, it’s an unique adventure…!

  2. awhsfkaozl@gmail.com permalink
    December 11, 2012

    What’s up, just wanted to tell you, I enjoyed this blog post. It was funny. Keep on posting!

  3. Carmen Juhasz permalink
    July 26, 2013

    The galapagos island is the best place to dive and kown the submarine life http://thegalapagostravel.com/

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