Latest East Pacific Rise Stories

2010-03-03 10:58:11

Discovery, a First, Could Spur Exploration of Distant Mid-Ocean Ridge Scientists at Columbia'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. Hydrothermal vents spew volcanically heated seawater from the planet's underwater mountain ranges"”the vast mid-ocean ridge...

2009-02-11 11:00:23

U.S. scientists say they have discovered iron dust can not only be carried to the ocean by rivers or blown to sea, but can also rise from the ocean floor. Researchers found iron dust -- the rarest nutrient for most marine life -- can float up from the sea floor in material spewed from hydrothermal vents. Scientists from the University of Southern California, University of Minnesota, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory took samples from the East...

2005-03-02 08:46:38

Santa Barbara, Calif. -- New keys to understanding the evolution of life on Earth may be found in the microbes and minerals vented from below the ocean floor, say scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The UCSB scientists are making new contributions to this field of inquiry in their studies of seafloor hydrothermal fluid discharge into the Earth's oceans, which has been occurring ever since the oceans first formed four billion years ago. Conditions below the sea floor...

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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
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