One of the first images of black smokers on the Galapagos Rift (the galapagos_rift_map vent field) in December 2005.

Figure 1: Plate tectonic boundary map of Galapagos region. Galapagos islands are to the south of the spreading ridge. Primary study area is to the northeast of the islands in the area outlined by the box. Area of maximum plume feeding to the ridge is just to the north of the islands. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.

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