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Black Smokers

IntroductionEdit

A Black Smoker, also known as a raw material deposit for the Metal Converter, is an Underwater phenomenon which happens on most underwater plateaus. The Black Smoker will "smoke" Black material out into the sea, similar to an oil spill, but it doesn't cause any damage. It will cease activity after a certain period of time after the player has attained Researchers in a city. Normally the countdown is about 10 hours, but it can also be up to 20 hours. Once the black smoker ceases activity, it will leave behind a raw material deposit which can be mined in unlimited amounts with a Metal Converter. When the black smoker ceases its "smoking", one of the following fertilities can appear: Uranium, Copper, Iron Ore, Diamonds, Manganese Nodules, Gold Nuggets. Please note that the Diamond and Manganese Nodule fertilities aren't minable by a Metal Converter.

Manually stopping a Black SmokerEdit

Usually, the Black Smoker will cease activity after a certain period of time after researchers are in residence on any island, but the player can stop it manually in two ways.

Method 1: Fine ChemicalsEdit

Fine Chemicals icon Fine Chemicals Warehouse-slot-icon
Construction Cost Credits-icon1500 · Tools 15 · Rare-earth elements 10
Effect Stops the activity of a Black Smoker.
Description Complicated, but effective!
Development Time Duration-icon 45:00
Development Risk Disaster 15%
Unlock 1 Researcher

The Fine Chemicals is a Laboratory Module  that will instantly end the activity of a Black Smoker on an Underwater Island once activated. After ending the activity af a Black Smoker the Underwater Island will develop a random (Iron, Copper, Gold, Uranium) Raw Material deposit.

Method 2: Academy Technologies Edit

It is also possible to manually stop the activity of a Black Smoker by developing these technologies in the Academy  under "Fertilities and Resources" (all of which require 3 Fine Chemicals to develop):

Please note that these items are not longer available in the Deep Ocean expansion.

Type Quality Icon Name Effect Description Costs
Warehouse-slot-icon Gold star smallGold star smallGold star small Black Smoker itemResource refill Aurogenic Chemicals Resource deposit: Gold nuggets
Gold
Nuggets
... and down deep: the Gold! Credits-icon 8,500 · Licenses-icon 250 · Carbon 20 · Microchips 25 · Fine Chemicals icon 3

Warehouse-slot-icon Gold star smallGold star smallGold star small Black Smoker itemResource refill Uranogenic Chemicals Resource deposit: Uranium Uranium The Deposits are far from being exhausted! Credits-icon 8,500 · Licenses-icon 250 · Carbon 20 · Microchips 25 · Fine Chemicals icon 3

Warehouse-slot-icon Gold star smallGold star smallGold star small Black Smoker itemResource refill Cuprogenic Chemicals Resource deposit: Copper Copper Demand for Copper continues! Credits-icon 8,500 · Licenses-icon 250 · Carbon 20 · Microchips 25 · Fine Chemicals icon 3

Warehouse-slot-icon Gold star smallGold star smallGold star small Black Smoker itemResource refill Ferrogenic Chemicals Resource deposit: Iron Ore Iron Ore The seabed is rich in Iron ore! Credits-icon 8,500 · Licenses-icon 250 · Carbon 20 · Microchips 25 · Fine Chemicals icon 3

Warehouse-slot-icon Gold star smallGold star smallGold star small Black Smoker itemResource refill Manganogenic Chemicals Resource deposit: Manganese nodules Manganese There are many Deposits worth mining under the sea... Credits-icon 8,500 · Licenses-icon 250 · Carbon 20 · Microchips 25 · Fine Chemicals icon 3

Warehouse-slot-icon Gold star smallGold star smallGold star small Black Smoker itemResource refill Carbonogenic Chemicals Resource deposit: Diamonds Diamonds Treasures from the bowels of the Earth. Credits-icon 8,500 · Licenses-icon 250 · Carbon 20 · Microchips 25 · Fine Chemicals icon 3


Black Smokers in the Deep Ocean ExpansionEdit

In the Deep Ocean expansion, black smokers no longer stop smoking, and there are no academy items to turn a Black Smoker into a particular resource. Instead, you construct Metal Converters of any type near a Black Smoker to mine metals.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Black Smoker

  • Inactive Black Smokers in Deep Ocean

    3 messages
    • Check in the part of the interface that tells you how much basalt, coal, iron, etc are left on a surface island.  The metals should be listed...
    • As mentioned in my question, the plateau has no mineral availability listed.  Instead of infinite they are all listed as "—". ...
  • Fine chemicals disappaer

    3 messages
    • If you're playing a game with the Deep Ocean expansion enabled++, black smokers no longer need to be stopped and can immediately supp...
    • Thanks a lot. They should state that in the black smoker page :(

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