undersea vent communities

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Chemosynthetic organisms that live at great depths and in the absence of sunlight along tectonically active rifts where lava erupts from ocean floor. The first community of this type was discovered around the vents of sulfide hot springs at a depth of 8,000 feet about 380 miles north of the Galapagos Islands. See Chronology, 1977, Corliss and Ballard; hyperthermophile.

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