Deep-Sea Vents Discovered In Southern Ocean

And more in hydrothermal vent news…

Scientists aboard the Royal Research Ship James Cook have discovered a new set of deep-sea volcanic vents in the chilly waters of the Southern Ocean. The discovery is the fourth made by the research team in three years, which suggests that deep-sea vents may be more common in our oceans than previously thought.

via Deep-Sea Vents Discovered – May 13 2011 – University of Southampton – Labmate Online.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

5 comments on “Deep-Sea Vents Discovered In Southern Ocean
  1. ooops sorry for the screwed up tags! So is vent-type habitat more geographically common than originally thought?

  2. Of course there are many more vents down on the floor of the ocean. That’s why the case for/against global anthropogenic climate change will never be confirmed: too many unknowns regarding output of CO2 from Mother Earth. These things are spewing all sorts of gases continuously. They found a huge volcano under the Arctic Ocean a few years ago. Until they can define a “closed system” with regards to CO2, then it’s all arm-waving regardless of what side you’re on.

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