Hydrothermal Vent Creatures

Travel to a world of perpetual night--the deep ocean hydrothermal vents near the Galapagos Rift where life thrives around superheated water spewing from deep inside the Earth. Discovered only in 1977, hydrothermal vents are home to dozens of previously unknown species. Huge red-tipped tube worms, ghostly fish, strange shrimp with eyes on their backs and other unique species thrive in these extreme deep ocean ecosystems found near undersea volcanic chains. How is life possible here? In a process called chemosynthesis, microbes at the base of the foodchain convert chemicals from the vents into usable energy. See closeup footage of hydrothermal vents and species in this clip from the IMAX film "Volcanoes of the Deep."

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Submitted by will F (not verified) on

This is really cool my mom has a book on the hydrothermal vents. Its called, (Fire under the sea)

Submitted by andreas (not verified) on

need more research about this topic, such like characteristic mass of water at around hydrothermal vent

Submitted by irene (not verified) on

totes cool

Submitted by ThatGuy (not verified) on

Fantastic film
very informative about the variety of deep sea organisms around hydrothermal vents
very useful source of info for my science project
Thank You

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Awesome, sometimes real video looks like computer special effects.

Submitted by Hannah (not verified) on

WOW:-0 thats super interesting!1

Submitted by Mary Peacock (not verified) on

This is a fabulous video about a fascinating subject - check it out

Submitted by Greg O'Neill (not verified) on

Your scientists have utterly missed a vital key, magma from the core is responsible for release of oxygen and hydrogen, during volcanic events on the ocean floor, under immense pressure and extreme temps they combine to form primary or magmatic water, your theory on origin of oceanic hydrothermal vents is in error. Soviet scientists spent 24 years boring the world's deepest borehole to 7.5 miles beneath the surface, and at a depth around three kilometers found water drenched material, how does your theory of surface water seeping into the crust account for water found at much greater depth from the surface?

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This is very much interesting. Thanks for sharing this useful information.

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Submitted by cah bagus (not verified) on

wow.. amazing

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

i do not understand this video

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Upon looking for content on hydrothermal vents for an extra credit assignment for Biology, I encountered this and it blew my mind. Not only did I learn all the necessary elements for the paper, but it was simple, short and sweet. This video is amazing!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

This animals are the best animals in the world.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

The video is so amazing. Unbelievable! I thought when earth's first animals (not dinosaurs) were found they were called trilobites. Wow! Best video I saw in my life.

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Most of us are familiar with "Old Faithful" in Yellowstone National Park. This famous geyser erupts several times a day. It spouts a column of water heated by volcanic rock deep within the Earth's crust.

A hydrothermal vent is a geyser on the seafloor. It continuously spews super-hot, mineral-rich water that helps support a diverse community of organisms. Although most of the deep sea is sparsely populated, vent sites teem with a fascinating array of life. Tubeworms and huge clams are the most distinctive inhabitants of Pacific Ocean vent sites, while eyeless shrimp are found only at vents in the Atlantic Ocean.

The first hydrothermal vent was discovered in 1977. They are known to exist in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Most are found at an average depth of about 2,100 meters (7,000 ft) in areas of seafloor spreading along the Mid-Ocean Ridge system- the underwater mountain chain that snakes its way around the globe.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Fascinating. It really increased my interest in marine biology :)

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Very intresting...