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NSF: Rust villages of the deep: In Pele's shadow, iron oxide, or rust, comes to life

NSF: Rust villages of the deep: In Pele's shadow, iron oxide, or rust, comes to life

The island volcanoes of Hawaii are the most recent evidence, researchers say, of an ancient process that created the 3,700-mile-long Hawaiian-Emperor Seamount Chain.

It's what goes on at the base of that chain, hidden in the depths of the Pacific Ocean, that interests marine ecologists David Emerson of the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine, Craig Moyer of Western Washington University, and Clara Chan of the University of Delaware.

What the scientists found there is "Pele red" in color: Iron oxide, or rust, come to life.

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