Scientists exploring the Carribean have identified the deepest thermal vents anywhere in the world.
Located 5km below the surface, the vents are located within the Cayman Trough region. Using a special remotely-operated vehicle, researchers have been able to take a close-up look at the alien landscape at the bottom of the sea which features spindly stacks up to 10m high which belch out dark water at temperatures of 400C. The site is one of 200 known to contain deep sea hydrothermal vents.
"The beauty of working in the deep oceans is that you're always stumbling over things that are completely new," said Dr Jon Copley. "It's teaching us how little we know and for a few minutes it's not about the science, it's about the wonder of the planet, something that's been hidden for so long."
"UK scientists exploring the ocean floor in the Caribbean have discovered an "astounding" set of hydrothermal vents, the deepest anywhere in the world."
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