Friday Deep-Sea Picture (03/16/07)

This beautiful, actively venting carbonate structure resembling a snow-covered Christmas tree is about 3 ft high. “The beehive” is perched precariously on the near-vertical side of the 200-ft-tall Poseidon tower. An almost identical structure was inadvertently damaged during sampling during 2003; this one has regrown since that time. Older light gray carbonate cut by white carbonate veins in the background are on the side of Poseidon.

IFE, URI-IAO, UW, Lost City science party, and NOAA