hydrothermal vent


: a fissure in the ocean floor especially at or near a mid-ocean ridge from which mineral-rich superheated water issues

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First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hydrothermal vent was in 1975

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“Hydrothermal vent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrothermal%20vent. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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