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Expedition to Mid-Cayman Rise identifies unusual variety of deep sea vents
Date:7/20/2010

the MCR in Spring 2010 and imaged active vents at both the Piccard and Europa locations using a deep-towed camera called Hybis.

"Given the range and diversity of systems present, and now that we have established exactly where the sites are and what they look like, we really can't wait to get back and collect first samples with our ROV Jason," said German. "This region has the potential to develop into an exciting natural laboratory with plenty of potential for repeat visits and long-term experiments over the decade ahead."

By exploring this extreme and previously uninvestigated section of the Earth's deep seafloor, the researchers seek to extend our understanding of the limits to which life can exist on Earth and to help prepare for future efforts to explore for life on other planets.


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