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Scientists Discover Land-based Version of Submarine Black Smokers

Scientists have discovered a new type of hot spring along the banks of a volcanic lake in the Philippines. These "terrestrial smokers" are cousins to submarine black smokers, hydrothermal vents on the seafloor that spew plumes of hot, nutrient-rich water and often support rich communities of life.
Terrestrial smokers might represent a missing piece of the heat budgets for many active volcanoes around the world. Getting those budgets right might help scientists better forecast the size and timing of future eruptions at volcanoes with crater lakes. Although one expert not involved with the report cautioned it might take many years of observations at multiple sites to make meaningful improvements in forecasts.
Perhaps of more immediate interest, because of their unique chemical properties, the newly discovered hot springs might harbour life forms new to science.

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