Scientist discovered one of the largest concentrations of Riftia tubeworms observed, with anemones and mussels colonizing in close proximity in a low-temperature hydrothermal vent field that became known as the “Tempus Fugit Vent Field” at about 2,560 meters (8,399 feet). This unique expedition to one of the most fascinating areas of the world’s ocean, explored diverse deep sea habitats on seamounts and hydrothermal vent systems in the vicinity of the Galápagos Islands. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Galapagos Rift Expedition 2011
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