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Extreme Life and Environments
chemosynthetic shrimp and tubeworms
09/08/11

 

The "moment of discovery" –“ The site where –chemosynthetic´ shrimp and tubeworms were observed together for what scientists believe is the first time in the world. These animals, relying on symbiotic chemosynthetic bacteria, derive energy from chemical processes occurring at hydrothermal vents or seeps on the seafloor, unlike most other life on Earth which relies upon energy from the sun and is termed photosynthetic life. Credit: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, MCR Expedition 2011, NOAA-OER

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