Is Life Thriving Deep Beneath the Seafloor?

Oceanographer Emeritus Biology Department Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Carl Wirsen, Oceanus Magazine, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

In 1991, scientists aboard the submersible Alvin sailed into the aftermath of a very recent volcanic eruption on the seafloor. This article published in Oceanus, a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution publication, reports on the origin and composition of the debris encountered during this eruption as well as results from other subsurface biosphere explorations. Descriptions and interactive figures pertaining to the structure of the ocean floor and sub-surface can also be found within the text.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geophysics in other disciplines, Geoscience:Oceanography:Biological, Marine Geology and Geophysics, Biology, Microbiology, Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Metabolism
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Scientific Resources
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Geophysics, Oceanography, Biogeoscience, Ecology
Extreme Environments: High Pressure
Ocean Environments: Deep Sea Floor/Abyssal, Hydrothermal Systems
Topics: Biosphere:Ecology:Abiotic Relations, Biosphere:Ecology, Biosphere, Ocean:Marine Geology and Geophysics, Biological Oceanography , Biosphere:Ecology:Habitats, Habitats:Marine, Biosphere:Biogeochemistry, Microbiology, Ecology:MetabolismKeywords: barophiles, hydrothermal vents