Cliffs adjacent to this terrace also host abundant white hydrothermal alteration both as flanges and peridotite mineralization, which is directly akin to deposits reported from Alpine ophiolites (Früh-Green et al., 1990). With ongoing efforts in the high-resolution sampling of full depth ocean transects and the refinement of models, our understanding of the extent and influence of hydrothermal input is likely to improve further in the near future. Most intriguing of all, they are bacteria that have babies. However, recent studies have shown that Fe from hydrothermal sources can be stabilized by complexation with organic ligands (Bennett et al., 2008; Sander and Koschinsky, 2011; Wu et al., 2011), effectively preventing scavenging and keeping the Fe in solution (see Section 8.2.5). The purpose of this contribution is therefore to provide a brief overview of SHV geochemistry and microbiology as we understand them today, particularly in comparison to DHVs. Out of six pools in the volcanic sulfur springs, St. Lucia, Lesser Antilles, one particular pool with temperature 40°C was found particularly high in biodiversity (Stout et al., 2009). Finding the presence of life-forms under the extreme environmental conditions prevalent on the hydrothermal vents (eg, complete darkness, high hydrostatic pressure, food-limited environment) brought to light an incredible truth that life can exist and flourish without input from photosynthesis (contradicting the thus far prevailing knowledge), but solely with the support of chemical energy derived through a bacteria-mediated process known as chemosynthesis for the synthesis of proteins and carbohydrates. This is likely a result of the dynamic and variable fluid conditions both within and between vent habitats that require specialized physiological and biochemical adaptations [18,19] and favor the emergence of dominant species that succeed in a range of fluid conditions [20]. The extreme temperature gradients and toxic concentrations of hydrogen sulfide create a habitat that few organisms can tolerate. Instead, what is required is a continuing program of seafloor drilling coupled with analogue studies of hydrothermal deposits preserved on land. Indeed, McCollom and Schock argued from chemical reaction thermodynamics that microorganisms that use S as an oxidant for energy supply, require higher temperatures than aerobic life forms (McCollom and Shock, 1997). In either case, the hot solution emerging into cold seawater precipitates mineral deposits that are rich in iron, copper, zinc, and other metals. Hydrothermal vents are considered one of the most extreme and dynamic environments on Earth, with temperatures ranging from 4 to 400°C, high pressure conditions, a complete absence of light, and abrupt chemical and pH gradients. Provided suitable catalysts are available, these components can then react to produce a variety of organic compounds, two of which are acetate and glycine (Russell & Arndt, 2005). Defensive heat-stable enzymes and cell walls were raised against the hostile environment. Only the depths at which each species were photographed are given. Hydrothermal vents are underwater hot seeps that form in areas of active volcanoes and seamounts. Nisbet, C.M.R. What are the physical conditions near a hydrothermal vent? Idealized cross section of Archean ocean ridge hydrothermal vent showing possible conditions for the formation of life. Pictured is the Sully Vent in the Main Endeavour Vent Field, NE Pacific. Subsequently, a wide range of mineral deposits have been identified that result from hydrothermal discharge, both along the global ridge crest and in other tectonic settings (Hannington et al., 2011; Koski et al., 2003). Bostrom and Peterson (1969) have shown that hydrothermal (metalliferous) sediments are enriched in Fe and Mn and relatively depleted in lithogenous elements such as Al, and used the [Al/(Al + Mn + Fe)] × 100 ratio to demonstrate the hydrothermal component in sediments. 108 . Therefore, variations in mid-ocean ridge crest dynamics between different ocean basins, as well as regional and local differences in ridge morphology (valley depth, etc. Same substances can act as solids and fluids (e.g. Hydrothermal vents are now known to exist at approximately 30 locations on the global midocean ridge system (Figure 2). The high temperatures cause chemical reactions, changing the chemistry of the sea water, and creating a fluid rich in hydrogen sulfide and various compounds. If one looks at the global distribution of known vent sites, it is obvious that many of the sites are in relatively close proximity to nations that operate submersibles, and are clustered disproportionately in the north Atlantic and eastern Pacific. Recent advances in modeling have also indicated that hydrothermal Fe is more important than previously realized. The first step is the formation of an anhydrite (CaSO4) framework due to the heating of seawater, which supplies sulfate, and its mixing with vent fluids, which provides most of the Ca. Fig. When combined, the processes outlined above—zone refining and the entrainment of seawater into active sulfide deposits—appear to credibly explain mineralogical and chemical features observed both in modern hydrothermal systems (e.g., the TAG mound) and in “Cyprus-type” deposits found in many ophiolites of orogenic belts (Hannington et al., 1998). E.G. Fig. Flux data from hydrothermal vents are compromised for determining global flux estimates because these fluids are derived from young crust, mostly from deeper crustal levels. Vents also occur on submarine volcanoes. Rock data are particularly unreliable or not available for the deeper crust and for high water–rock ratio reactions. Current models and understanding of the importance of hydrothermal input of Fe will be improved in the future with more dissolved Fe data in the deep ocean. The hydrothermal input of iron and manganese, however, is essentially all scavenged and removed in the deep sea prior to having a chance to mix back into the surface waters. Grassle, in Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences (Second Edition), 2001. The hot fluid, being more buoyant than the surrounding cold seawater, rises up like a fountain or “plume,” spreading the chemical signature up and out from the source. In spite of a rich life, no signaling or defensive secondary metabolite has ever been reported from organisms thriving on the hydrothermal vents. A bed of tube worms cover the base of the black smoker. In the Drake Passage, for example, elevated concentrations of Mn and a 3He anomaly were observed that were suggested to be related to hydrothermal sources far away in the Pacific Ocean (Middag et al., 2012). The genetic relationship between sulfide and Fe–Mn–Si oxide facies deposits formed at modern hydrothermal sites also remains enigmatic. In addition, National Geographic Photo Gallery displays a number of deep sea creatures (Eukarya) photographed at various depth, as listed in Table XI-2. Hydrothermal vents are home to primary producers that obtain their energy from volcanic gases, and have also been found to act as a recycling and decomposition system for dissolved organic carbon, which is essential in the context of the global carbon pool (Fig. No one had expected to find lush communities of vent life, so there were no deep-sea biologists on the 1977 cruise. Examples of how to use “hydrothermal vent” in a sentence from the Cambridge Dictionary Labs Furthermore, since they are obligate anaerobes, reducing agents, such as l-cystine HCl, are added to the media to remove all the dissolved oxygen present. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier B.V. or its licensors or contributors. There are two types of hydrothermal vents. A possible scenario for the origin of life at hydrothermal vents begins with CO2 and N2 in vent waters at high temperatures deep in the vent (Shock, 1992; Russell & Arndt, 2005). Thermoanaerobacter ethanoligenes can produce considerable amounts of ethanol, especially from pentose sugar. But relatively few species can utilize this symbiotic relationship. A spectacular sight greeted them. They can thus exploit local redox contrast. Lohan, in Treatise on Geochemistry (Second Edition), 2014. The interactions between the Sun, the solid Earth, the atmosphere and the oceans are important in maintaining the chemical and thermal balance that supports life on our planet. In spite of the hydrogen sulfide-enriched environment, elevated temperatures, and the dynamic volcanic activity, numerous and varied animals cluster around these sites, taking advantage of the hard substrate provided by the extruded pillow lava. This led to estimates that Fe from hydrothermal input could provide 9–22% of the Fe budget in the global deep ocean and up to 40–50% in the tropical Pacific. From: Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry, 2014, Eric Andrianasolo, ... Paul Falkowski, in Studies in Natural Products Chemistry, 2012. These challenges have been overcome in part by the application of a molecular phylogeny-based approach using nucleotide-sequence analysis of the highly conserved gene for the small subunit (SSU) ribosomal ribonucleic acid (rRNA) molecule (16S rRNA) [32]. The Galapagos Rift and East Pacific Rise of the Pacific Ocean have similar communities, whereas different vent communities on the Juan de Fuca Ridge (northeast Pacific) share few species [23]. Drilling revealed the core of the mound to be dominated by chalcopyrite-bearing massive pyrite and pyrite–anhydrite and pyrite–silica breccias, while the mound top and margins contained little or no chalcopyrite but more sphalerite and higher concentrations of metals such as Zn and Ag that are soluble at lower temperatures. The “world record” for life growing at high temperatures is 235°F (113¼C), a record held by a type of thermophile known as a hyperthermophile. This chemosynthesis food chain is based on the minerals dissolved in the warm (even hot) waters. The chemosynthetic ecosystems hosted by these vents are dominated by a new yeti crab ( Kiwa n. Cold seeps are another example of chemosynthetic ecosystems, found in locations where hydrocarbons are expelled at the seafloor at temperatures similar to those of ambient seawater. (2011) suggest that up to 10% of the dissolved Fe in high-temperature fluids exists as pyrite nanoparticles that can also be transported over long distances in the deep ocean. For color interpretation, see https://www.elsevier.com/books-and-journals/book-companion/9780444636294. We use cookies to help provide and enhance our service and tailor content and ads. In Investigating Seafloors and Oceans, 2017. With an estimated 12% of global, known hydrothermal vents contained within its exclusive economic zone, Tonga is the nation with the most known active vent fields with 23 confirmed active and 40 inferred active vents (Beaulieu, 2013). (1995).). They are characterized by buoyant plumes of heated water, the temperature of which can vary from slightly above ambient in diffuse flows to over 300°C at intense flows. Photograph of tube worms (A), clams (B), and polychaete worms (C) from a hydrothermal vent. Hydrothermal vents may include black smokers, geysers ejecting cloudy water at a temperature of 400 °C (752 °F), or white smokers, around the same temperature but ejecting white clouds instead of black. Table XI-1 lists their results. Mesothermal literally means medium-temperature, and refers to hydrothermal mineral deposits formed at between 200-300°C. Kato et al. This too may be of the greatest antiquity. Volcanoes, however, become extinct. Moreover, the transient nature of vent environments, which generally persist for time scales of only decades, means that organisms must be able to colonize, grow quickly, and reproduce before vent flow ceases. Schematic diagram showing mineral zonation in cross-section and in plan view for a typical black smoker chimney. Alternately, it may well be that there are important aspects of, for example, axial versus off-axis plumbing systems (e.g., porosity, permeability, chemical variations caused by phase separation) or controls on the sulfur budget of hydrothermal systems that remain inadequately understood. The size and activity of the hydrothermal biosphere, and hence its impact, would have been considerable, as early Archean volcanism was probably much more common than today, with a higher heat flow out of the Earth. These include organisms in the microbial mat, free floating cells, or bacteria in an endosymbiotic relationship with animals. A hydrothermal vent on the seafloor has been proposed by several investigators as a site for the origin of life (Corliss et al., 1981; Chang, 1994; Nisbet, 1995). These themophiles grow best above 176°F (80°C). A growing database on the occurrence of seafloor massive sulfide (SMS) deposits is providing insight into the likely distribution, size, and ore grades of these various deposits. Recent data from the GEOTRACES program along a meridional section in the South Atlantic, largely following the prime meridian, are shown in Figure 10. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 58: 2661–2677); (b) Fe (after Klunder MB, Laan P, Middag R, De Baar HJW, and Van Ooijen J (2011) Dissolved iron in the Southern Ocean (Atlantic sector). Deposits found in subduction zones are generally similar to those on mid-ocean ridges, though differences in crustal thickness, heat-flow regime, and host-rock lithology can impart important differences (Hannington et al., 2005). The probability of organic synthesis in the early Archean may have been much greater than at present due to the hotter and metal-rich komatiite-hosted hydrothermal systems. Global distribution of known (sampled) hydrothermal systems. The Lost City vent site (Kelley et al., 2001) occurs near 30° N on the MAR away from the more recently erupted volcanic ridge axis. Not surprisingly, the hosts are characterized by reduced guts and little or no feeding structures. In addition to the sulfide- and carbonate-dominated deposits described above, mounds and chimneys composed of Fe- and Mn-oxyhydroxides and silicate minerals also occur at tectonically diverse rift zones, from mid-ocean ridges such as the Galapagos Rift to back-arc settings such as the Woodlark Basin (Binns et al., 1993; Corliss et al., 1978). The Lost City vent site (Kelley et al., 2001) occurs near 30° N on the MAR, 15 km away from the most recently erupted volcanic ridge axis. Similarly, no sites are known in the south Atlantic, or at high latitudes. Instead, it is situated high up on a tectonic massif where faulting has exposed variably altered peridotite and gabbro (Blackman et al., 1998). Sulfur-oxidizing bacteria play a dominant role in the chemical reactions between the seawater and the rocks at high temperatures. They occur in areas where there is an adequate heat source to drive fluid circulation. Schematic diagram showing mineral zonation in cross section and in plan view for a typical black-smoker chimney (after Haymon, 1983). Once there, they were also protected from large asteroid impact events. It has proven difficult, however, to determine the precise temporal and genetic relationship of umbers to massive sulfides, not least because no gradation of Fe–Mn–Si oxide to sulfide mineralization has yet been reported from ophiolitic terranes. The precipitation of dissolved minerals when heated water meets cool water can form columnar, chimney-like structures reaching tens of meters into the water column. 30.7). Biologists get their first look at the vents. That work revealed the core of the mound to be dominated by chalcopyrite-bearing massive pyrite, pyrite–anhydrite and pyrite–silica breccias whilst the mound top and margins contained little or no chalcopyrite but more sphalerite and higher concentrations of metals soluble at lower temperatures (e.g., zinc, gold). Much of this flux is delivered to ridge flanks via dispersion in buoyant and nonbuoyant hydrothermal plumes (Section 6.07.5). Subsequently, less-dilute, higher-temperature (copper-rich) fluids interact with the sulfides within this carapace to precipitate chalcopyrite and mobilize more soluble, lower-temperature metals such as lead and zinc toward the outer, cooler parts of the deposit. The respiratory plume is extended into … One of these hydrogen sulfide-making species is Pyrolobus fumarii (or "fire lobe of the chimney"), that was first isolated from a hydrothermal vent at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. German, W.E. Thus, it is the steep temperature and chemical gradients, caused by both mixing and diffusion, which account for the variations in wall mineralogy and Cu–Zn zonation observed in both chimneys and larger deposits. When this water percolates out through the crust again, it is rich in minerals and reduced compounds such as hydrogen sulfide. While there are many reviews on the geochemistry and microbiology of DHVs, none to date have been published for SHVs. Subsequently, less dilute, higher-temperature (Cu-rich) fluids interact with the sulfides within this carapace to precipitate chalcopyrite and mobilize more soluble, lower temperature metals such as Pb and Zn toward the outer, cooler parts of the deposit. Fig. Water temperature is extremely high (200–400°C), and is prevented from boiling by the extreme pressure. Biodiversity and Natural Product Diversity, In spite of a rich life, no signaling or defensive secondary metabolite has ever been reported from organisms thriving on the, He anomaly and heat flux, that the entire ocean mixes through, Edmond et al., 1979; Mottl, 2003; von Damm et al., 1985, Bennett et al., 2008; Sander and Koschinsky, 2011; Wu et al., 2011, Klunder et al., 2011; Middag et al., 2011a,c, Klunder et al., 2012b; Middag et al., 2011b, Middag R, De Baar HJW, Laan P, Cai PH, and Van Ooijen J (2011a), Klunder MB, Laan P, Middag R, De Baar HJW, and Van Ooijen J (2011), Early life most likely depended on exploiting the transient redox contrasts available from two sources: within the inorganic geological system—especially at, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Proteins and Proteomics, Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering. Kent C. Condie, in Earth as an Evolving Planetary System (Second Edition), 2011. Hydrothermal vents are like hot springs, spewing jets of watery fluids from the seafloor into the ocean. Thus, life must either have been able to live in the open ocean or must have hopped from dying volcano to new volcano. Concentrations of (a) Dissolved Mn (after Middag R, De Baar HJW, Laan P, Cai PH, and Van Ooijen J (2011a) Dissolved manganese in the Atlantic section of the Southern Ocean. K.W. Several members of this genus, such as Thermotoga maritima, Thermotoga neapolitana, and Thermotoga elfii, have been isolated from different waste material for hydrogen production [27,28,34]. Consistent with this, the chimneys of the Lost City field are composed predominantly of magnesium and calcium-rich carbonate and hydroxide minerals, notably calcite, brucite, and aragonite. In each segment we located deep-sea hydrothermal vents hosting high-temperature black smokers up to 382.8°C and diffuse venting. Hydrothermal Vents In 1979, scientists in Alvin dove to the Mid-Ocean Ridge in the eastern Pacific. Figure 4. In those characterized by diffuse venting, sea water percolates out at a moderate rate and is approximately 10–20°C in temperature. Arp, in Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences (Second Edition), 2001. These are locations where two tectonic plates are diverging and new crust is being formed. It cools quickly, however, as it mixes with the ambient sea water that is typically ∼4°C. Y1 - 1998/12/1. The superheated water is at temperature from 60°C up to over 450°C and because of the high pressures at depths the water has physical properties between a gas and a liquid. As the water passes through the crust and is exposed to the magma is collects many different minerals and metals. As the bottom water temperature of the majority of the earth's deep ocean is about 2°C, these hydrothermal fluids are elevated in temperature, but rapidly mix with the surrounding sea water. Alternatively, there may be important aspects of axial versus off-axis plumbing systems, including porosity, permeability, chemical variations caused by phase separation, and controls on the sulfur budget, that remain inadequately understood. The Lost City field hosts at least 30 active and inactive spires, extending up to 60 m in height, on a terrace that is underlain by diverse mafic and ultramafic lithologies. T1 - Temperature and sulphide tolerance of hydrothermal vent fauna. Iron and manganese concentrations in the 350 °C vent waters can be a million-fold higher than in the surrounding seawater. Similarly, the temperatures of the two ponds out of four solfataric acidic hot-springs in Kirishima, Japan were 66°C and 67°C, while others were 93°C and 83°C. Francesco Pietra, in Tetrahedron Organic Chemistry Series, 2002. However, ethanol and lactate are rather low, though concomitantly, hydrogen production is rather high [32]. Hydrothermal deposits are categorized according to the depth and temperature at which they formed. Roy E. Price, Donato Giovannelli, in Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, 2017. For example, the planctomycetes, form macroscopic aggregates (>0.5 mm) of detritus, in which they create tiny microaerobic or microanaerobic habitats in otherwise aerobic environments (Fuerst, 1995). In these cases, bacteria associated with animals such as mussels may use hydrogen sulphides or methane as their energy source. What is required is a continuing program of seafloor drilling coupled with analog studies of hydrothermal deposits preserved on land. We may thus make a hypothesis that the blue pseudo trigonal pyramid shown in Fig. Although some hydrothermal vent organisms have adapted to the high temperatures, it is the chemistry of the fluids, which takes place because of the high temperature, that sustains the chemosynthetic basis of life at hydrothermal vent ecosystems (Van Dover, C.). Hydrothermal vents represent a very specialized and unusual deep-sea environment, and prior to their discovery in 1977, the deep sea was thought to support very low densities of small invertebrates. When combined, these processes of zone refining and entrainment of seawater into active sulfide deposits can credibly explain mineralogical and chemical features observed both in modern hydrothermal systems such as the TAG mound and in Cyprus-type massive sulfide deposits found in many ophiolites of orogenic belts (Hannington et al., 1998). Colonies of Riftia are anchored on the rocks where hydrothermal fluid (12–15°C) issues out onto the sea floor. As the temperature and chemical compositions within the chimney walls evolve, a zonation of metal sulfide minerals develops, with more copper-rich phases being formed towards the interior, zinc-rich phases towards the exterior, and iron-rich phases ubiquitous. What seems certain is that the three-dimensional problem of hydrothermal deposit formation (indeed, 4D if one includes temporal evolution) cannot be solved from seafloor observations alone. Hydrothermal vents, or hot springs, are areas where geothermally heated water discharges through a planet's crust onto the surface, either subaerially or subaqueously. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 58: 2678–2694); and (c) The metalliferous fraction (the [Al/(Al+Mn+Fe) × 100 ratio; after Klunder et al., 2011); (d) The Bouvet triple junction is where three ocean ridges meet (after Middag et al., 2011a). From: Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry, 2014 Vents occur where tectonic spreading and subduction create fissures in the Earth's crust, allowing sea water to percolate through the crust and become heated by the mantle (Figure 4). Certainly, Mn-rich metalliferous sediments in ophiolites – draped over pillow basalts and often referred to as ‘umbers’ – have long been identified as submarine hydrothermal deposits formed in ancient ocean ridge settings. As a result of their proximity to the countries primarily involved in deep-sea hydrothermal vent research, the most studied hydrothermal systems are either in the eastern Pacific (East Pacific Rise and the Juan de Fuca, Gorda, and Explorer Ridges) or in the north-central Atlantic (northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge). Early life most likely depended on exploiting the transient redox contrasts available from two sources: within the inorganic geological system—especially at hydrothermal vents (Reysenbach and Shock, 2002); and secondly from inorganic light-driven reactions, such as the formation of transient oxidizing and reducing species in the atmosphere by incident radiation. Low recovery rates, and large primary variability in many important elements (magnesium, silicon) produce significant uncertainties in the flux estimates for elements whose fluxes are particularly well determined in hydrothermal fluids. Lying more than 3,800 meters (12,500 feet) below the surface, the Pescadero Basin vents are the deepest high-temperature hydrothermal vents ever observed in or around the Pacific Ocean. Till date, five different species have been studied extensively that belong to the genus Caldicellulosiuptor [30]. The outside of point Y, outside the curved red surface, is hostile to any life forms. Multiple abundant but small deposits are found along fast-spreading ridges, whereas fewer but larger deposits occur along slow and ultraslow ridges, where structural controls on hydrothermal upflow are increasingly important (Hannington et al., 2011). Hydrothermal deposits are categorized according to the depth and temperature at which they formed. Of course, massive sulfide deposits contain only a fraction of the total dissolved load delivered to the seafloor. In both oceans, beds of hydrothermal vent clams (Calyptogena magnifica) or mussels (B. thermophilus) may be observed in lower flow areas. (2010) showed that hydrothermal input is an important source of Fe for the deep ocean, particularly in the Southern Ocean where, it is argued, this hydrothermal Fe reaches the surface via deep-ocean ventilation. The Lost City field hosts at least 30 active and inactive spires of up to 60 m in height, on a terrace that is underlain by diverse mafic and ultramafic lithologies. These vent sites generally occur along a nearly continuous underwater mountain chain (mid-ocean ridges) totaling more than 75,000 km that remains largely unexplored for hydrothermal activity. As sea water moves from the center of the earth and into the vent habitat on the seafloor, it becomes laden with inorganic chemicals. Initially some people had speculated that venting would only be found on intermediate- or faster-spreading ridges (i.e., ridges with full spreading rates of at least 60 mm yr−1); we now know of numerous locations on slow-spreading ridges (e.g., Mid-Atlantic Ridge) where they occur. The Minami-Ensei knoll is located in a rifting center in the northern Okinawa Trough (Chiba et al., 1993). H. Staudigel, in Treatise on Geochemistry, 2003. These sources of redox contrast would have been limited. Temperatures well above 662°F (350°C) are not uncommon at vents. Lava quietly erupts from undersea volcanic vents to form new oceanic crust that fills the gap between the separating plates. Due to the depth and nature of hydrothermal vents, many of these species are endemic (only within that area). ), which affect bottom currents, style of venting, and vent longevity, make it important to keep in mind the geographical context of the general descriptions of vents and their biota [15] (Fig. Typical inhabitants include dense clusters of tubeworms and many free-ranging animals roaming in and out of the vent environment such as brachyuran crabs, galatheid crabs, numerous amphipods, a few species of fish, and a host of other smaller animals. Moreover, H2 and CO would have been present. Figure 11. Figure 10. N2 - Hydrothermal vent communities have very high biomass, which is dominated by relatively few endemic species. The first step is the formation of an anhydrite (CaSO4) framework due to the heating of seawater, and mixing of vent fluids with that seawater. Map of selected hydrothermal vents: A model of the global biogeographic differentiation of invertebrate species associated with hydrothermal vents. See text for “scalding.” For color interpretation, see https://www.elsevier.com/books-and-journals/book-companion/9780444636294. The table also includes the results of a limited number of studies at various terrestrial hot-springs and submarine vents. In the black smoker environment of the hydrothermal vents, things are a lot hotter, such as at those on the Juan de Fuca Ridge off the coast from the state of Washington. This source of dissolved Fe contributes to at least 5–15% of the total Southern Ocean carbon export from surface waters, and is suggested to contribute up to 30% in some of these Fe-limited regions. Hydrothermal circulation at transform fault boundaries can be driven by heat generated through friction. sp. The hydrothermal input of Fe and Mn was assumed to be all scavenged and removed in the deep sea prior to having a chance to mix back into the surface waters. Although there has been tremendous scientific interest in the microbial ecology of “hot-spot ecosystems,” such as hydrothermal vents, cold seeps, and gas-hydrate systems, the distribution and diversity of functional and taxonomic groups of bacteria and archaea within the deep sea is largely unknown [30]. While they have many similarities to DHVs, they also have many important differences primarily due to their occurrence at shallower depths. 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