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  Tubeworms Chemosynthesis Black Smoker Tubeworm Bacteria

Click on 4 images to enlarge them and the links to find out what can live in these extremely harsh conditions. 
Images courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Scientists Discover New Hydrothermal Vents (ABC News, AP Science Writer, 12/6/05)
"The findings are significant because they show that such hydrothermal vents are a global phenomena, which may help shed light on Earth's geological development and the origins of simple life."

Hydrothermal Vent Interactives - Vent Basics
Dive down with scientists to the bottom of the Mid-Ocean Ridge in the eastern Pacific Ocean where volcanic action is gushing from deep below the ocean crust as super-heated underwater geysers of molten rock, metals and chemical fluids.  (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Deep Sea Biology - Ask a Scientist answers questions about life in the deep sea where the sun's light never penetrates. 

Amazingly, there are living organisms surviving in temperatures as high as 350C (660F)
around hydrothermal vents through a process called chemosynthesis.
 
(The planet nearest to our Sun is Mercury.  It has a temperature of 350C during the day.)
Learn more about what lives in these superheated environments on Earth.

Hot Vents (Biological Sciences Dept, State University of New York at Stony Brook)

NeMO Explorer - Ashes vent field
Fly-through movie and panoramic view of the site. (requires Quicktime)

Take the Extreme 2000 Voyage to the Deep to learn all about hydrothermal vents.
See link on our Ocean Home page



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