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The Summit of the Amsterdam Mud Volcano

Life at the summit of the Amsterdam mud volcano was very different than the slope or the bottom.  It contained all the life seen below it but in higher densities. The surface had these amazing slabs of carbonate crust, giving it a very different appearance than the rest.  The Amsterdam mud volcano is part of the submerged Anaximander mountains, located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, south of Turkey.