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Press Release 10-058

Long-Distance Larvae Speed to New Undersea Vent Homes

Marine scientists discover ocean "superhighway" for tiny life forms

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Illustration showing an undersea submersible illuminating a deep-sea hydrothermal vent community.

"Pioneer" vent species travel hundreds of kilometers to settle new deep-ocean territories.

Credit: Nicole Rager Fuller, National Science Foundation


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Images of larvae of deep-sea hydrothermal vent species that travel unprecedented distances.

Pictured: larvae of deep-sea hydrothermal vent species that travel unprecedented distances.

Credit: S. Beaulieu; S. Mills; D. Adams


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Image showing larva of the gastropod Ctenopelta porifera that travel vast distances.

Larva of the gastropod Ctenopelta porifera make their way across vast ocean realms.

Credit: LADDER Project/WHOI Alvin Group


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Photo of a surviving anemone at the edge of lava that erupted at the deep-sea East Pacific Rise.

A surviving anemone at the edge of lava that erupted at the deep-sea East Pacific Rise.

Credit: LADDER Project/WHOI Alvin Group


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Photo of tubeworms and clams around a deep-sea hydrothermal vent.

Tubeworms and clams recolonize deep-sea hydrothermal vents after undersea eruptions.

Credit: LADDER Project/WHOI Alvin Group


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