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March 7, 2012
Running Hot and Cold in the Deep Sea: Scientists Explore Rare Environment

ScienceDaily (Mar. 6, 2012) — Among the many intriguing aspects of the deep sea, Earth’s largest ecosystem, exist environments known as hydrothermal vent systems where hot water surges out from the seafloor. On the flipside the deep sea also features cold areas where methane rises from “seeps” on the ocean bottom. It’s extremely rare to […]

January 30, 2012
Life Discovered On Dead Hydrothermal Vents

ScienceDaily (Jan. 24, 2012) — Scientists at USC have uncovered evidence that even when hydrothermal sea vents go dormant and their blistering warmth turns to frigid cold, life goes on. Or rather, it is replaced. A team led by USC microbiologist Katrina Edwards found that the microbes that thrive on hot fluid methane and sulfur […]