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Superheated magma, about 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit, glows orange as it slowly leaks from cracks along the six-mile long active rift zone of the West Mata Volcano in the Pacific Ocean near Fiji. The slow-leaking...
As a geological oceanographer at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural...
Riftia tubeworm ( Riftia pachyptila ) colonies grow where hot, mineral-laden...
Census researchers manipulate the robotic arm of the remotely operated vehicle...

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Riftia tubeworm ( Riftia pachyptila ) colonies grow where hot, mineral-laden water flows out of the seafloor in undersea hot springs—such as the Guymas Basin of the Gulf of California at 2,000 meters (6562 feet), where MBARI took...
A volcanic eruption of superheated magma (some 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit)...
Superheated magma, about 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit, glows orange as it slowly...

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Did you know that 80 percent of the volcanic eruptions on Earth take place underwater? These underwater eruptions occur...

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Recent scientific discoveries have revealed an underwater community of marine animals and other organisms that thrive in the dark depths of the ocean near hydrothermal vents and undersea volcanoes...
Nestled among the beautiful coral reefs of Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a place that could provide the key to our understanding of one of the biggest threats to coral reef survival: Ocean Acidification...
Imagine: You’re in a small submersible, and you gently settle on the soft muddy bottom at a depth of 12,000 feet. It’s absolutely dark. What will you see when the exterior lights are turned on? Will...
As a geological oceanographer at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Dr. Maggie Toscano has made a career of documenting how coastal systems have changed over thousands of years in...
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