Cartoon cross section through a spreading ridge axis showing several components of a hydrothermal vent system; inset: A �black smoker� chimney at a hydrothermal site.

This cross-section illustration shows a spreading ridge axis and several components of a hydrothermal vent system. Note a “black smoker” chimney (shown in the inset) at a hydrothermal site. Inset photo credit: Haase et al., 2005.

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