Mountains Under the Sea

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The East Pacific Rise is part of the world’s mid-ocean ridge system, where new crust is formed as earth’s tectonic plates spread apart. This produces volcanic eruptions and earthquakes; it also produces circulation of ocean water into the deep crust and back out through high-temperature hydrothermal vents, which are home to exotic life forms that may hold secrets about the origins of life on this planet, and possibly others. Our mission on this cruise was to learn more about how these intriguing environments work.
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