Hydrothermal vents are some of the strangest, most wondrous structures in the deep sea. They're produced when ice-cold seawater seeps through cracks in the ocean crust to meet red-hot magma, then bubbles back out as a boiling cloud, taking gases and minerals along for the ride. But despite their searing heat and noxious chemical composition, hydrothermal vents are often teeming with life. And in February, scientists discovered a hydrothermal wonderland deep in the Gulf of California that the lead researcher called "... one of the most magnificent things I've ever seen in the natural world."
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Written by Ashley Hamer April 26, 2019
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