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hydrothermal vent

n.
A fissure on the floor of a sea from which flows mineral-rich water that has been heated by underlying magma, forming a precipitate of minerals and providing an ecosystem for extremophiles.
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A gentle flow of water simulates the virtual diver as he glides alongside a graceful sea turtle, and soft bubbles are released as he passes over thermal vents. A fast rush of water accompanies a school of playful dolphins, providing a sense of movement.
Newly discovered life-forms, thermal vents, close-up views of deep-sea research submersibles, and shipwrecks, including the Titanic, are among the attractions in this deep-sea adventure.
Dedicated forward and rearward thermal vents are the first clue to this system's capabilities.
The NOAA's Okeanos Explorer is conducting three expeditions to better understand the geology of the trench, the community of sponges that live near the thermal vents, and creatures that inhabit the trench floor.
Another prevailing view holds that a high-temperature (thermophile) environment, such as deep-ocean thermal vents, may have been the breeding ground for the origin of life.
They are even spread in our gardens to control certain insect pests (Entomology and Agriculture), and any extraordinary travel to the upper limits of our atmosphere or the lower limits of oceanic thermal vents will find them there (Extremophile Biology).
He points out that life thrives in some very unlikely and hostile places here, including thermal vents and the frigid arctic regions.