East Pacific Rise: Hot Springs and Geophysical Experiments

  title={East Pacific Rise: Hot Springs and Geophysical Experiments},
  author={F. Spiess and K. Macdonald and T. Atwater and R. Ballard and A. Carranza and D. C{\'o}rdoba and C. Cox and V. M. Garcia and J. Francheteau and J. Guerrero and J. Hawkins and R. Haymon and R. Hessler and T. Juteau and M. Kastner and R. Larson and B. Luyendyk and J. MacDougall and S. Miller and W. Normark and J. Orcutt and C. Rangin},
  pages={1421 - 1433}
  • F. Spiess, K. Macdonald, +19 authors C. Rangin
  • Published 1980
  • Geology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Hydrothermal vents jetting out water at 380� � 30�C have been discovered on the axis of the East Pacific Rise. The hottest waters issue from mineralized chimneys and are blackened by sulfide precipitates. These hydrothermal springs are the sites of actively forming massive sulfide mineral deposits. Cooler springs are clear to milky and support exotic benthic communities of giant tube worms, clams, and crabs similar to those found at the Gal�pagos spreading center. Four prototype geophysical… CONTINUE READING
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    Input from the deep: Hot vents and cold seeps
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