From January 2-22, 2014, join us as we examine tiny life in some of the most hostile environments on Earth—deep-sea hydrothermal vents. On this cruise, scientists and engineers will use the remotely operated vehicle Jason to study microbes living on and below the seafloor. Unlike ecosystem on Earth’s surface, where sunlight provides energy, deep-sea vents exist in total darkness, and the microbes derive their energy from chemicals that form deep inside the Earth and flow out of the hydrothermal vents. How do they do that, and what’s their role in the vent ecosystem and for the ocean at large? This online adventure follows the action aboard the research vessel Atlantis via daily updates, photos, and videos. Learn about our mission.
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In a series of video clips, scientists describe their goals for Expedition 15, the new technology they’re using in the deep ocean.
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