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Scientists aboard the Royal Research Ship James Cook have discovered a new set of deep-sea volcanic vents in the chilly waters of the Southern Ocean.
Hydrothermal vents may contribute more to the thermal budget of the oceans than previously assumed.
The first expedition to search for deep-sea hydrothermal vents along the Mid-Cayman Rise has turned up three distinct types of hydrothermal venting, reports an interdisciplinary team led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Working in a rare, "natural seafloor laboratory" of hydrothermal vents that had just been rocked by a volcanic eruption, scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and other institutions have discovered what they believe is an undersea superhighway carrying tiny life forms unprecedented distances to inhabit the post-eruption site.
Scientists at Columbiaâ€™s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory have found evidence of hydrothermal vents on the seafloor near Antarctica, formerly a blank spot on the map for researchers wanting to learn more about seafloor formation and the bizarre life forms drawn to these extreme environments.
On the marine microbial stage, there appears to be a vast, varied group of understudies only too ready to step in when "star" microbes falter.
Modern technology and global demand have collaborated to make mining precious metals from the colossal, mysterious depths of the ocean floor economically practical for the first time in history
Researchers are exploring extreme conditions for life in a place not known for extremes.
In a new paper published in Nature Geoscience, Brandy Toner and her colleagues report on the unexpected discovery that some of the iron spit out of hydrothermal vents remains in a form that organisms in the ocean crave.
Deep beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, geochemist Andrea Koschinsky says she has discovered the hottest water ever to be found on Earth.
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