How animals in the hydrothermal vent can live with the high temperature.

gavin gavin at zonvark.wustl.edu
Fri Mar 22 12:10:53 EST 2002


Although the vent fluids can reach 350° C, the thermal gradient is very steep across
a hydrothermal vent chimney wall.  It can drop from 350° to the ambient temperature
of about 2° C.  Scientists have discovered many microorganisms and invertebrates
in these hydrothermal ecosystems, but none lives directly in the vent fluids.

Gavin

Remond wrote:

> When someone know that the temperature in a hydrothermal vent can
> reach 400 degrees Celsius, he will think that this place(hydrothermal
> vent) is not a good place for life. But after many years of search,
> many scientists prove the existence of many forms of life live around
> these vents by using the submersible Alvin. The question is: How these
> forms of life can stand with this extreme temperature?
>
> Thanks...




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