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In 2010, scientists made an astonishing discovery: the deepest and hottest known hydrothermal vents. Now a new team returns to find an even deeper vent field, teeming with life.
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.
An expedition partially funded by NASA, part of a program to search extreme environments for geological, biological and chemical clues to the origins and evolution of life, has discovered the deepest known hydrothermal vent in the world, nearly 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) below the surface of the western Caribbean Sea.
A British scientific expedition has discovered the world's deepest undersea volcanic vents, known as 'black smokers', 5000 meters deep in the Cayman Trough in the Caribbean.
- Emitting flashes of light; glittering.