Thursday, February 21, 2013

UK scientists discover world's deepest sea vents

UK scientists exploring the ocean floor in the Caribbean have discovered an "astounding" set of hydrothermal vents, the deepest anywhere in the world.

Deploying a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) in the Cayman Trough, they stumbled across a previously-unknown site nearly 5000m below the surface.

The vents blast out some of the hottest water on the planet - it is 400 degrees centigrade.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21535990