Articles | Volume 17, issue 9
Biogeosciences, 17, 2499–2519, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-2499-2020
Biogeosciences, 17, 2499–2519, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-2499-2020

Research article 12 May 2020

Research article | 12 May 2020

Patterns of (trace) metals and microorganisms in the Rainbow hydrothermal vent plume at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Sabine Haalboom et al.

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Patterns of (trace) metals and microorganisms in the Rainbow hydrothermal vent plume at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge Haalboom, S. De Stigter, H.C. https://doi.org/10.25850/nioz/7b.b.s

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Mineral mining in deep-sea hydrothermal settings will lead to the formation of plumes of fine-grained, chemically reactive, suspended matter. Understanding how natural hydrothermal plumes evolve as they disperse from their source, and how they affect their surrounding environment, may help in characterising the behaviour of the diluted part of mining plumes. The natural plume provided a heterogeneous, geochemically enriched habitat conducive to the development of a distinct microbial ecology.
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