These microbial mats are similar in composition to those as seen at the Yellow Top Vent site.

Large numbers of vent shrimp and mussels feed on the white flocculent mats on the periphery of white smokers, showing that microorganisms are channeling energy up the food chain. Image courtesy of Submarine Ring of Fire 2004 Exploration, NOAA Vents Program.


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