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New species of octopus found in hydrothermal vents, home to animals found nowhere else on the planet. The animals create their own energy by breaking down chemicals.
courtesy British Antarctic Survey (BAS), SOURCE
Colonies of Yeti crab.
courtesy British Antarctic Survey (BAS), SOURCE

Dark, hot, lost world discovered on the seafloor near Antarctica

Posted: Jan 09, 2012 06:37 pm EST

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(Newsdesk) Communities of species previously unknown to science have been discovered on the seafloor near Antarctica, clustered in the hot, dark environment surrounding hydrothermal vents, reports British Antarctic Survey. Temperatures in these vents reach highs up to 382 degrees Celsius and the species get their energy not from the sun but from breaking down chemicals. The discoveries, made by teams led by the University of Oxford, University of Southampton and British Antarctic Survey (BAS), include new species of yeti...

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