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Image : Geology & Geophysics

Atlantic Ocean hydrothermal vents are known for large shrimp populations, and Pacific Ocean vents for tubeworms, but both depend on chemosynthetic microbes for food, rather than on photosynthetic organisms. On a 2011 expedition to the Mid-Cayman Rise, scientists found the first Atlantic Ocean tubeworms, at the Von Damm vent site at 2300 meters depth.


Last updated: July 6, 2012

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