Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Volcanic vent may host new species

The Boston Globe: "LONDON — Scientists using a remote-controlled submarine have discovered the deepest known volcanic vent. They say the superheated waters inside could contain undiscovered marine species and perhaps clues to the origin of life.

They found the vent more than 3 miles beneath the surface of the Caribbean in the Cayman Trough, a deep-sea canyon that served as the setting for James Cameron’s underwater thriller “The Abyss.’’

Geologist Bramley Murton, the submersible’s pilot, said exploring the area was “like wandering across the surface of another world,’’ complete with spires of multicolored mineral deposits and thick collections of fluorescent blue microorganisms."

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