Science expedition features lively and informative blog
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Even in the most remote and darkest depths of the ocean, life finds a way to flourish — in some cases by clustering around geothermal vents where unusual geochemical processes nurture communities of fantastic organisms that can thrive without sunlight more than two miles down.
A team of researchers from the UK is currently studying a series of black smokers, white smokers, cold seeps and volcanic craters at the East Scotia Ridge at the southern end of the South Sandwich Islands. The area is a complex tectonic system of black smokers, white smokers, cold seeps and volcanic craters. The animal communities at these chemosynthetic habitats are of particular interest, so the scientists will use a deep-diving ROV called Isis to film and sample how these animals interact with the vents.
The expedition will be led by Prof. Paul Tyler, of the University of Southampton Ocean and Earth Science, which is based at the National Oceanography Centre. The explorations is being documented on a blog featuring videos and daily observations about their work in the world’s most remote ocean: http://hotventscoldocean.blogspot.com. Continue reading “Antarctica: British researchers explore deep-sea geothermal vents in the Scotia Sea”