HOT WATER VENTS

 

What is this,

coming out of the ocean floor ?

It is a HOT WATER VENT !

What is a hot water vent?

Can any creature live there?

A vent is formed when there is a crack in the ocean floor.

Cold sea water seeps into the crack

and touches the very hot rocks inside the earth (magma).

Then the hot water shoots up out of the vent.

To find out more about

hot water vents,

click on the magma

in the picture.

This water coming out of the vent is very very hot.

It is also full of toxic chemicals.

The water around the vent is very very cold.

And it is very very dark down there.

Without sunlight, there can be no plant life.

But can any animals live in that kind of place?

What kind of animals do you imagine them to be?

And how are they adapted to live

in that very extreme and unusual environment?

To find out, hop into the submarine: