Saturday, 8 July 2017

Enceladus’ sea floor has hydrothermal vents like ours

Enceladus’ sea floor has hydrothermal vents like ours

In 1977, a group of marine researchers discovered something they’d only before theorized: cracks in the ocean floor releasing heat, warming up (and often boiling) the ocean around it. They also found mollusks in them, and subsequent vents have yielded heat resistant microbes, giant tube worms, and more fantastic creatures living in what are essentially small, underwater volcanoes.

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