Sunday, January 29, 2012

Black smoker vents new species

  • The discovery of the deepest known black smoker vents has revealed eyeless shrimps and white tentacled anemones living 3.1 miles below the surface in a Caribbean rift. Dr.
  • (Huffington Post)
  • the black smoker is 800 metres deeper than its rivals. Despite that it teems with life, including microbial mats, spiny anemones and swarms of a previously unknown species of shrimp that sees using a light sensor on its back.
  • (New Scientist)
  • Despite these extreme conditions, the vents are teeming with thousands of a new species of shrimp that has a light-sensing organ on its back.
  • (Astrobiology Magazine)

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