Below are links to these underwater videos, virtual realities, animations, panoramas, sounds and images of hydrothermal vent systems. Credit for all of our media goes to NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory's EOI Program.
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Video was obtained by camera mounted on the Jason autonomous underwater vehicle. The Jason team and scientists were on board the Research Vessel Thomas G. Thompson. Jason was lowered to the site 4000 ft below on a ~3/4 inch fiber optic cable while the ship held position above. The pilots maneuvered the Jason carefully into position to view the eruption. The sound on the video clips was recorded separately on a hydrophone (underwater microphone) placed on the seafloor about 50 ft away and later synchronized to the video.