Notes on Vent Field Description:
RRS James Cook Voyage 55 ChEsSo; http://www.hydro-international.com/news/id4532-DeepSea_Vents_Discovery.html: "slender mineral spires three metres tall, with shimmering hot water gushing from their peaks, and gossamer-like white mats of bacteria coating their sides"
Notes Relevant to Biology:
Year and How Discovered (if active, visual confirmation is listed first):
2011 SHRIMP towed camera system; 2010 high resolution bathymetry only
Discovery References (text):
Cruise blog http://www.thesearethevoyages.net/jc55/feb11.html