Bacterial mats (left) and clam beds (right) are excellent indications of seep and vent activity. The white and orange coloration on the surface of the sediments (as seen in the left-hand photo) are filamentous bacteria which are large enough to see with the naked eye. We will be looking for these sorts of features in the sediment as we search for seep, vent, and hybrid habitats off the Chile margin. Photo courtesy of CRROCKS/NSF.
INSPIRE: Chile Margin 2010
INSPIRE: Chile Margin 2010: Mission Plan
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