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Water World Theory Of Lifes Origins Outlined In New Study

Water World Theory Of Life's Origins Outlined In New Study

Whitney Clavin, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Life took root more than four billion years ago on our nascent Earth, a wetter and harsher place than now, bathed in sizzling ultraviolet rays. What started out as simple cells ultimately...

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Predicting Activity Inside And Out For Peruvian Volcanoes
2013-09-03 04:56:24

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Underneath volcanoes, water and fire coexist to generate “hydrothermal” systems. These systems are complex “steam engines” that produce white smoke – fumaroles – sometimes observed at the surface. A new study, led by the Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD), demonstrates why these hydrothermal reservoirs are not always found under volcanic peaks. The volcanologists conducted their study at the Ticsani and...

Unexpected Plume Challenges Iron Estimates
2013-08-20 08:47:27

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A vast plume of iron and other micronutrients more than 620 miles long has been discovered billowing from hydrothermal vents in the South Atlantic Ocean. Teams of scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) and the University of Liverpool, UK say their findings, published in an upcoming issue of Nature Geoscience, call into question past estimates of iron abundances and may challenge researchers’ previous assumptions...

Underwater Volcano System Proposed As National Park For Norway
2013-08-05 05:11:28

Susan Bowen for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Off the coast of Norway, on the floor of the Arctic Ocean, lies a largely unexplored world of undersea volcanoes. This system, with the fanciful name of Loki's Castle, contains rich metal deposits and unique wildlife. This field of five active hydrothermal vents was discovered in 2008. A team from the University of Bergen (UiB), led by Professor Rolf Birger Pedersen, continues to make discoveries at the site, which is thought to be the...

Origins Of Life On Earth May Help Hunt For Life On Other Planets
2013-07-31 10:19:02

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Tracing the origins of life isn't only central to understanding our own history, it can also be important for discovering life on other planets. Two recently published papers -- 'Beating the acetyl coenzyme A-pathway to the origin of life' and 'The inevitable journey to being' -- in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B add supporting details to the theory life on Earth began near hydrothermal vents in the ocean floor....

2013-06-24 23:19:04

Day spas in California, Nevada, and Arizona have partnered up with Black Rock Mud Company to raise money for children with heart disease. Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) June 24, 2013 From the outside, Camp Taylor is just another summer camp. Visitors can expect to find children swimming, horseback riding, climbing rock walls and bonding with peers. But the children who attend Camp Taylor are special—they all suffer from heart disease. What’s more remarkable is that the non-profit camp is...

Deepest Hydrothermal Vent Discovered In Cayman Deep, Teeming With Life
2013-02-22 09:43:30

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In 2010, scientists working for the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Southampton made an astonishing discovery: the deepest and hottest known hydrothermal vents. These vents, which were found in an isolated trough in the Caribbean, have been named the Beebe Hydrothermal Vent Field (BHVF). With the discovery still fresh in their minds, a new team, led by the University of Southampton´s Dr. Jon Copley,...

Rare Cold Volcanic Vent Discovered In Antarctic Waters
2013-02-07 10:51:55

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton have discovered the location of an underwater volcanic vent in the Southern Ocean. In a study published this week in the journal PLOS ONE, the researchers describe how this vent, marked by a low-lying plume of shimmering water, differs from "classic" hydrothermal vents. The research group used the NOC´s high-resolution deep-towed camera platform SHRIMP to image...

Oasis For Deep-sea Life Created From Sunken Wood
2013-01-22 13:50:33

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Trees do not grow in the deep sea, nevertheless sunken pieces of wood can develop into oases for deep-sea life - at least temporarily until the wood is fully degraded. A team of Max Planck researchers from Germany now showed how sunken wood can develop into attractive habitats for a variety of microorganisms and invertebrates. By using underwater robot technology, they confirmed their hypothesis that animals from hot and cold seeps would be attracted to the wood due...

Creatures Of The Abyss Invade Surface World
2012-06-11 02:43:47

"Don't panic," Douglas Adams might have said. Author of the sci-fi novel Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Adams advised "don't panic" whenever facing invaders. What Adams might not have known is that the inner space of the oceans conceals aliens every bit as resourceful as any that might lurk in outer space. "And now these deep-sea-dwellers have turned the tables on us," says Janet Voight, a biologist at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Voight and other scientists...

Deep Sea Animals Reach New Territory By Clinging Onto Submarines
2012-05-24 07:50:04

Marine scientists studying life around deep-sea vents have discovered that some hardy species can survive the extreme change in pressure that occurs when a research submersible rises to the surface. The team's findings, published in Conservation Biology, reveal how a species can be inadvertently carried by submersibles to new areas, with potentially damaging effects on marine ecosystems. After using the manned submersible Alvin to collect samples of species from the Juan de Fuca Ridge...