The Blooming Basalt Towers of North Gorda Rift Axis
June 12, 2019 4:37 PM   Subscribe

Come for the science, stay for the vent naming.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 4:38 PM on June 12 [1 favorite]

stay for the vent naming.

is that what the kids are calling it these days

That Apollo Vent Field video, with all the hot water gushing out, makes me wonder where the tube worms are. Not the right mix of minerals dissolved?
posted by Bee'sWing at 6:17 PM on June 12

Maybe the vent's not ripe yet.
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:20 PM on June 12

Tube worms eat hydrogen sulfide (or rather the bacteria inside them do). I don't think these vents have much sulfides. If they did, you'd see it precipitating out as black crud when the superheated water mixed with cold ocean water.
posted by ryanrs at 7:48 PM on June 12 [1 favorite]

Looks like in the southern part of the Gorda Ridge there are massive sulfide deposits in the Escanaba Trough, rich in copper, gold, silver and other metals -- and a home to tube worms.
posted by theory at 10:00 PM on June 12 [2 favorites]

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