Sunday, June 07, 2009

Hydrothermal Vents, Cold Seeps. Cool sh*t of the Deep...

Science Sunday, fanboys and girls...
Cold seeps could produce the perfect bridge away from hydrocarbon-based energy sources (methane hydrate). Or could kill us all (again, methane hydrate exploding up from the deep because of rising ocean temperatures). Thermal vents are the perfect model for life on other planets. Hell, they model the beginning of us. The deep sea's an amazing place. The bottom of the ocean ain't flat and sandy, or the repository of my car keys (from my 1989 Volkswagen Jetta, lost on a fishing trip off Cape Hateras...don't ask).
Check it out here. Or here. Or here.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ha! I know the incident of which you speak...Cape Hate-her-ass.

Anonymous said...

The tube worms around the vents are supposedly 6 ft long. We're talking miles down, crushing pressure, yet the water's hot enough to boil lead. As for the seeps, the methane hydrate is enough to sink a ship if it bubbles up fast enough. The worms that live there are often 100-150 years old.
Next time you look out your window and wonder at the magnificent vista, realize you live in the ghetto of the Earth. The real world is underwater.

Black Forest Booty said...

Very cool Nat! We should stop to wonder about the fantastic journey our mother earth is on. It isn't all about us (human beings). We are but mere specks on the landscape.

ch555x said...

This sort of stuff can easily take the mind off of trivial matters. Interesting article...

luckystar said...

Put a few notes in a certain pattern within a chosen key and you create a riff. Change the chords and you create a riff song. �Eminence Front� was sung into history by the Who and is a typical example of a riff song.

iphone repair london
homes for sale lexington

phuong said...

yacht charter caribbeanToyota Prius Electric Steering Rack

phuongtran said...

Bay Hideaway Resort is at the entrance to beautiful Hervey Bay with convenience of Eli Waters Shopping Centre incorporating a large Woolworths supermarket, Coffee Club, plus much more right across the road and still only minutes to Hervey Bay’s beautiful beaches.bay hideaway resort hervey baysolar flashlights

price per head said...

I really appreciate your effort for sharing a great topic it's wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

We found another spam link to our site in the comment noted below. Please accept our apologies and if you could remove it we would be very grateful. Thank you.
Comment "phuongtran said...

Bay Hideaway Resort is at the entrance to beautiful Hervey Bay with convenience of Eli Waters Shopping Centre incorporating a large Woolworths supermarket, Coffee Club, plus much more right across the road and still only minutes to Hervey Bay’s beautiful beaches.bay hideaway resort hervey baysolar flashlights
3:41 AM "