hydrothermal vent


Definition of 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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Recent Examples on the Web Corliss suspected that a volcano, what marine scientists call a hydrothermal vent, was erupting on the deep seafloor in the area. James Nestor, Scientific American, "Life on the Rocks," 12 Feb. 2018 Think of it as a hydrothermal vent’s acoustical calling card. Sabrina Imbler, New York Times, "Could Listening to the Deep Sea Help Save It?," 10 Nov. 2020 For instance, the trial floats discovered massive phytoplankton blooms in the Southern Ocean, far from typical nutrient sources like melting sea ice, suggesting a seafloor hydrothermal vent was providing the nutrients. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Fleet of robotic probes will monitor global warming’s impact on microscopic ocean life," 29 Oct. 2020 Elsewhere, researchers have found DNA evidence of cable bacteria in deep, oxygen-poor ocean basins, hydrothermal vent areas, and cold seeps, as well as mangrove and tidal flats in both temperate and subtropical regions. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "‘Electric mud’ teems with new, mysterious bacteria," 19 Aug. 2020 One of those organisms, Methanothermococcus okinawensis, found in hydrothermal vents in the East China Sea could take whatever conditions the researchers dished out, suggesting that a similar creature could possibly survive in Enceladus’ oceans. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "One of Earth’s Deep Sea Microbes Could Survive on Saturn’s Moon," 1 Mar. 2018 One of those, an enzyme called Taq polymerase, was originally sourced from bacteria deep in the ocean’s hydrothermal vents. Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times, "3 Vans, 6 Coolers, a Plane, a Storm and 2 Labs: A Nasal Swab’s Journey," 13 Apr. 2020 The regions around deep-sea hydrothermal vents are especially lush. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "If We Ever Find Life on Mars, It Might Look Like These Weird Microbes," 6 Apr. 2020 Located deep within the Arctic Ocean, between Iceland and Norway, is a field of hydrothermal vents known as Loki’s Castle. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Chlamydia-Related Bacteria Discovered in the Deep Arctic Ocean," 11 Mar. 2020

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1975, in the meaning defined above

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“Hydrothermal vent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrothermal%20vent. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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