Hydrothermal Vents

In 1979, scientists in Alvin dove to the Mid-Ocean Ridge in the eastern Pacific. A spectacular sight greeted them. Clouds of what looked like black smoke were billowing from tall chimneys on the ocean floor.

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Vent Basics

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Vent Chemistry

boiling points

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Boiling Point

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Vents Around the World

hydrothermal vent life

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Hydrothermal Vent Life

tubeworm anatomy

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Tubeworm Anatomy

chemosynthesis

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Chemosynthesis

Scientists Explain Hydrothermal Vents

Dr. Susan Humphris explains what hydrothermal vents are and why they're important.

Dr. Timothy Shank talks about the expedition to the original discovery site of hydrothermal vents and what they found, or didn't find.

Dr. Rob Reves-Sohn explains what the TAG mound is and what makes it unique in the world of hydrothermal vent fields.

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