Black smoker vent

Black smoker vent

E310/0011 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 25.3MB

Downloadable file size: 1.7MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator

This image is part of the feature B B C
This image is part of the feature Extremophiles


Caption: Black smoker vent. View from a deep sea vehicle of the billowing black "smoke" being emitted by a hydrothermal vent on the ocean floor. Known as a "black smoker", this sulphurous mineral-rich fluid pours out of a sulphur-encrusted mound or chimney. This volcanic fluid bubbles up due to geothermal energy in the Earth's crust, at a temperature of over 300 degrees Celsius. Deep sea vents provide an unusual habitat that some organisms are able to exploit. Some primitive forms of extremophile bacteria obtain their energy from the sulphur. Deep sea crabs and other marine forms are visible, adapted to the high temperature, pressure, and sulphur concentrations of this environment. Photographed on the East Pacific Rise.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: black smoker, bottom, deep sea vent, east pacific ridge, east pacific rise, geothermal vent, hydrothermal, hydrothermal vent, ocean floor, sea bed, seabed, seabed vent, vent, vents

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.