Stunning ‘Mirror Pools’ Discovered on The Edge of Boiling Deep Sea Vents

Date: April 4, 2019

Source: ScienceAlert
Author: Mike McRae

It could be a landscape on an alien world. Strange optical effects and dazzling mineral formations bloom on the edge of water so hot it would be steam if not for the pressure of all that deep ocean above it.

Researchers on board the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor recently captured some amazing snapshots of a field of hydrothermal vents roughly two kilometres (about 1.2 miles) beneath the surface of the Gulf of California.

The ecosystems surrounding bleeding cracks in the floor of the gulf have recently attracted attention from all around, both for their curious life forms and their mindblowing geology.

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