Vent Biology

hydrothermal vent interactiveNot long ago, scientists thought that life could not exist on the deep ocean floor. Then in 1977, scientists diving in Alvin to the Galapagos Rift discovered a new community of animals previously unknown to science. These animals can withstand tremendous pressure, high temperatures, utter darkness, and toxic chemicals. Meet these amazing animals »


25th Anniversary of the Discovery of Hydrothermal Vents:

Vent Discovery CD cover
Click HERE to learn all about the discovery of hydrothermal vents made 27 years ago.

Click HERE to receive a 25th anniversary CD-ROM of the discovery.

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From Expedition 2: Prof. Rachel Haymon and Dr. Patricia Holden, from the University of California - Santa Barbara, have an idea about how to look for microbes in active hydrothermal vent chimneys. Read about their experiment »
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