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, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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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