The Garden of Eden vent field as seen most recently by Alvin in 2005. This site, hosting Riftia tubeworm tubes, greater than 10 feet in length (shown here), was among the first to be discovered along the Rift, and as of 2005, has been active for more than 20 years.

The Garden of Eden vent field as seen most recently by Alvin in 2005. This site, hosting Riftia tubeworm tubes, greater than 10 feet in length (shown here), was among the first to be discovered along the Rift, and as of 2005, has been active for more than 20 years. Image courtesy of Tim Shank, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, NOAA OE.

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