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Hydrothermal Plume (Hydroform)

Component: Hydroform

Unique Identifier: 677

Hydroform Class Water Mass
Hydroform Hydrothermal Plume
Hydroform Type Detached Hydrothermal Plume

Definition A discharge of hot fluids from sea-bottom vents associated with volcanic or tectonic activity. The fluids are often laden with high concentrations of minerals, which impart either a dark—even black—color or a white color. These minerals precipitate readily out of supersaturation.