Featured: 2011 NOAA Galapagos Rift Expedition
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.
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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