Hydrothermal Vents Multimedia section

Since their discovery in 1977, hydrothermal vent systems have helped redefine our understanding of life on Earth and on the ways planetary systems interact. But vents have remained largely hidden from view on the seafloor.

For the past four decades, scientists have been been sending increasingly sophisticated instruments and vehicles into the depths and returning with samples or images that shed light on these unique ecosystems. Below are a selection of multimedia features that highlight the diverse biology, geology, and chemistry that define hydrothermal systems around the world.


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