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Simulating life down under

High-tech on-board aquaria help researchers learn how vent animals cope with a harsh environment.


Jim Childress surrounded by tubes and other high-tech equipment. Image courtesy of J. Childress Mussels clustered on the seafloor near a vent. Image courtesy of M.Tivey/W.H.O.I. The yellow top of the submersible contrasts with the blue sea. Image courtesy of B. Nichols Barry on left, equipment on right. Image courtesy of J. Childress Jason's arm with a handful of samples. Image courtesy of M. Tivey / W.H.O.I. In a high tech lab on the Melville. Image courtesy of J. Childress
Image courtesy of M. Tivey / W.H.O.I. In a high-tech lab on the Melville. Image courtesy of J. Childress In a lab on the Melville. Image courtesy of J. Childress In a lab on the Melville. Image courtesy of J. Childress Grey cloud reflected in the sea with mountains in the background. Image courtesy of L. Podowski