Giant Tube Worms of the Galapagos
While exploring hydrothermal vents near the Galapagos, Dr. Robert Ballard and the E/V Nautilus team discover huge swaths of giant and colorful chemosynthetic tube worms.
The E/V Nautilus will spend several weeks exploring the Galapagos Rift region. The Galápagos Islands have been instrumental in the establishment of the biological theory of evolution, gaining insights to our knowledge of the chemistry of the Earth’s interior, and understanding the plate tectonic evolution of the eastern Pacific seafloor. In 1835 Charles Darwin visited the islands aboard the HMS Beagle and made fundamental biological and geological observations in the area.