Smoky hot vent fluid rises relatively calmly from a chimney at Fonualei Rift. These structures form and grow as minerals from hydrothermal fluids precipitate on contact with the near-freezing water. Video courtesy of MARUM, University of Bremen and NOAA-Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory.

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