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hydrothermal

[‚hī·drə′thər·məl]
(geology)
Of or pertaining to heated water, to its action, or to the products of such action.
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On the other hand, hydrothermal circulation removes magnesium and sulfate from seawater, so the crust acts as a sink for these elements.
These dynamic Structures occur in seafloor-spreading areas along the mid-ocean ridges where the proximity of the underlying magma drives an associated hydrothermal circulation.
Surrounding this volume, however, where hydrothermal circulation has cooled the crust to a brittle state, extensional faults penetrate to depths of 5 to 6 kilometers.