Geology and chemistry of hydrothermal deposits from active submarine volcano Loihi, Hawaii

  title={Geology and chemistry of hydrothermal deposits from active submarine volcano Loihi, Hawaii},
  author={Alexander Malahoff and Gary M. McMurtry and John C. Wiltshire and Hsueh-Wen Yeh},
High-resolution bathymetric surveys, bottom photography and sample analyses show that Loihi Seamount at the southernmost extent of the Hawaiian ‘hotspot’ is an active, young submarine volcano that is probably the site of an emerging Hawaiian island. Hydrothermal deposits sampled from the active summit rift system were probably formed by precipitation from cooling vent fluids or during cooling and oxidation of high-temperature polymetallic sulphide assemblages. No exotic benthic fauna were found… 

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