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A traveling exhibition about the sounds and songs of life

Black Smoker Hydrothermal Vents

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Black Smoker Hydrothermal Vents
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Black Smoker Hydrothermal Vents: The first-generation digital acoustic recording system deployed at the Sully vent in September 2004.Black Smoker Hydrothermal Vents: The first-generation digital acoustic recording system deployed at the Sully vent in September 2004. For more information, see the PloS ONE website.

A researcher from the University of Washington has found that hydrothermal vents -- and the sounds they emit underwater -- may alert fish and crustaceans to hot areas to avoid or help them find food or mates. PhD candidate Timothy Crone studied the sounds of these underwater "black smoker" vents at Juan de Fuca Ridge off the coast of Seattle in 2004 and 2005.

Listen to the sounds and watch video on his website.