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).
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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