Hydrothermal Vents:. Frontiers in Ocean Discovery. Background biology.
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Frontiers in Ocean Discovery
photograph by the Institute of Oceanographic Sciences, Deacon Laboratory, Wormley, England
Teeming vent shrimp
The unusual vent life forms were different from any others recorded by scientists to date. A new age in deep sea biology and ecology had begun!
hydrogen sulfide dissolved in vent fluids to join water and carbon dioxide into carbohydrates. Vent communities food chains are based on these bacteria!