MBL microbial oceanographer Julie Huber will study the microbial life in the erupting fluids from this undersea volcano, helping scientists understand how life adapts to some of the harshest conditions on Earth. http://bit.ly/mWr5TT

The manipulator arm of the ROV Jason prepares to sample the new lava flow that erupted in April 2011 at Axial Seamount, located off the Oregon coast. Photo courtesy of Bill Chadwick, Oregon State University; copyright Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution