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Deep Drilling for 'Black Smoker' Clues


November 7, 2007

earth and environment graphic A project to learn more about extracting energy from hot rocks on land should give clues about "black smokers," hydrothermal vents that belch superheated water and minerals deep below the ocean. Full Story

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