thermal vent


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thermal vent

An opening in the Earth, especially on the ocean floor, that emits hot water and dissolved minerals.
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In 1999 at TIGR, she led the whole genome sequencing of Thermotoga maritima MSB8, a bacterium isolated in water from a thermal vent off the coast of Italy--a landmark publication that provided key evolutionary insight into such bacteria as Thermotoga by proving the notion of lateral gene transfer.
Strain 121, an archaean (formerly called bacteria) discovered in a "black smoker" thermal vent deep in the Pacific Ocean, holds the record for being the "hottest organism known to man." Isolated in 2003, strain 121 is thought to have possibilities in the treatment of toxic waste as well as high-temperature detergents, based on its heat-resistant degradative enzymes (Kashefi and Lovley 2003).
Marine biodiversity is also extremely high, as Mexico's coastline is washed by both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans (with their particular complement of whales, sea turtles, dolphins, and fish) as well as the Caribbean Sea (where Mexico is host to the second largest coral barrier reef in the world), and the Gulf of California ("the aquarium of the world," with its unique ecology and thermal vent ecosystems independent of solar energy add to the enormous complexity of our biodiversity.
Deep marine trenches with thermal vent ecosystems independent of solar energy add to the enormous complexity of our biodiversity.
For an environmentally-optimal solution, Diversa discovered and developed two enzymes for the oil field service application: one found in a deep sea thermal vent and the other in a hot spring.
The line includes medium, jumbo and mega thermal round styling brushes, as well as large thermal vent, large thermal tunnel vent and thermal volumizer styling brushes.
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.