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Dispersal down deep

Or, how do animals that live near hydrothermal vents colonize new vent sites?


Mussels encrusting a spire on the seafloor. Image courtesy of M. Tivey/W.H.O.I. The haul from a night dive. Image courtesy of B. Nichols Schematic map of the world, showing the position of various known vents Biologist Kamille Hammerstrom leans over the ship's side. Image courtesy of B. Nichols Snails on the seafloor. Image courtesy of D. Desbruyeres. Blue sea, white and black nets, red safety jackets. Image courtesy of B. Nichols.
A seafloor smoker. Image courtesy of M.Tivey/W.H.O.I.