A molten sulfur pond (five meters wide) churns in the bottom of a small crater at Daikoku (from the 2006 Submarine Ring of Fire expedition). This is a scanning electron micrograph of a microbial iron mat showing all the threads of ferrihydrite mineral left behind by the iron-oxidizing bacteria. Note that there are no bacterial cells present in this image, just the mineral remains. Image produced by Sean McAllister and Clara Chan, University of Delaware. Squat lobsters, shrimp, and scaleworms crawl on mussels. The squat lobsters appear “hairy” because of bacteria growing on their shells. Scientists explore NW Eifuku seamount and collect a range of visual and physical data about this hydrothermally active seamount that supports a diversity of life. Seven months after its last known eruption, scientists find that Ahyi seamount is still hydrothermally active.
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More than 500 methane cold seeps have been discovered along the Atlantic Ocean margin of the United States, according to a study published in Nature Geoscience.

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