PHOTOS: "Unusual" Sea Volcano Spews Acid, Grows Fast

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In 2004 scientists found a new species of pink limpet snails (pictured), which at the time lived only in one small vent of the NW Rota-1 volcano.

Despite continuous eruptions, the snail has spread to many different sites on the volcano, scientists found in April 2009. The limpet reproduces by gluing its egg case to rock—the larvae later hatch and swim to a new site.

Other animals, including shrimp, crab, and barnacles, have also exploded in population since the volcano became more active—prompting experts to investigate whether there is a direct connection between volcanic eruptions and population explosions on NW Rota-1.
— Photograph courtesy WHOI
 
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