Deep Sea Habitats. Marine Biology Dr. Ouida Meier. Factors Driving Deep Sea Systems. High pressure (1 atm/33 ft) Low temperature (4 ◦ C) Depth Lack of sunlight Lack of photosynthesis Scarcity of food resources Enormous volume of water further reduces encounter probability (mates, prey).
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Dr. Ouida Meier
Longevity of vent itself estimated at years to decades
Luciferin + Luciferase + O2 ->
Oxyluciferin + light
Photoprotein + Ca2+ -> light
Reportedly brought to surface or washed ashore in Phuket following the earthquake and tsunami of 26 Dec. 2004.
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