From the Charleston Post & Courier:

Vents from undersea volcanoes called “snowblowers” spew fresh micro- organisms in a white, slurry-like snow.

The bacterial material is the beginning of sea life. Getting a real-time look at a snowblower at work is groundbreaking science.

A geology class of College of Charleston students is getting an up-close look this week, exploring a vent never seen before.

On Tuesday, they watched a live feed of a submersible exploring the vent in the recently erupted volcano — Axial Seamount — about 250 miles off the Oregon coast. On Thursday they will watch the broadcast finale of the research.

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