PIA23686: White Smoker Ocean Vents
 Target Name:  Earth
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
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A seafloor vent called a "white smoker" spews mineral-rich water into the ocean and serves as an energy hub for living creatures. Some scientists think life on Earth may have begun around similar vents on the ocean floor billions of years ago.

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NOAA/C. German (WHOI)

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