New possibilities for life at the bottom of Earth’s ocean, and perhaps in oceans on other planets

Asha Bajaj
4 min readNov 30, 2021

#EarthOceanBottom; #UnderwaterFissures; #HydrothermalVents; #Biochemistry; #Ecology

In the strange, dark world of the ocean floor, underwater fissures, called hydrothermal vents, host complex communities of life. These vents belch scorching hot fluids into extremely cold seawater, creating the chemical forces necessary for the small organisms that inhabit this extreme environment to live, https://phys.org/news reports said.

Image Credit: Ocean Exploration Trust

#biochemistry; #Ecologyn the strange, dark world of the ocean floor, underwater fissures, called hydrothermal vents, host complex communities of life. These vents belch scorching hot fluids into extremely cold seawater, creating the chemical forces necessary for the small organisms that inhabit this extreme environment to live.

In a newly published study, biogeoscientists Jeffrey Dick and Everett Shock have determined that specific hydrothermal seafloor environments provide a unique habitat where certain organisms can thrive. In so doing, they have opened up new possibilities for life in the dark at the bottom of oceans on Earth, as well as throughout the solar system. Their results have been published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences.

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Asha Bajaj

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