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Finally some serious exploration of the ocean floor.
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BBC Deep Sea Creatures - preview

Watch the "pram bug" or Phronima at 1'22''
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On protongradients on cellmembranes and the walls of hydrothermal vents
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New Cave-Dwelling ‘Shrimp’ Discovered in California

"A translucent underwater cave dweller that looks like a skeleton and travels like an inchworm is the newest member of California’s array of marine life.

Scientists found a new species of skeleton shrimp — a group of tiny crustaceans that are actually caprellid amphipods, not shrimp — in vials collected from a small cave offshore of Southern California’s Catalina Island. The two vials, one containing a male and one containing a female, were housed in the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.”

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No oxygen is present at the bottom of the lake, but living bacteria and ATP were found.
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Finding multicellular organisms in such a deprived environment “extends what we understand about the limits of life on the planet
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This page is curated by +Marleen Roelofs. It is dedicated to all life sciences.
I am a biologist and particularly interested in the origins of life and therefore follow all the news on hydrothermal vents and black smokers. These are places on the oceanfloor close to vulcanic regions where tectonic plates are moving apart and where super-heated water comes trough the oceanfloor. The minerals precipitate and form a black chimney. Around this chimney exist large communities of animals that survive trough symbiosis with chemosynthetic bacteria. 
I hope that it will be possible to start interesting discussions between members of this page. Probably it will soon be possible for followers to post news and articles. The subject is not limited to black smokers and posts may cover all life sciences.

The profile picture represents a tubeworm-mermaid

(Please excuse my English that is far from perfect.)