Boiling black smoker emits hydrothermal fluids into seawater at Niua

Photograph of a boiling black smoker emitting hydrothermal fluids into seawater at Niua vent field in the Lau basin, SE Pacific.

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A boiling black smoker emits hydrothermal fluids into seawater at Niua vent field in the Lau basin, southest Pacific. The “black smoke” is made of metal sulfide particles that precipitate as the fluids mix. Due to the high pressure at this seafloor vent, the fluids are boiling at 325°C. Photo credit: Schmidt Ocean Institute, ROV ROPOS

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Image Dimensions: 1000 x 665

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Location Taken: US

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