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The Earth Vents Too

About a mile and a half below the water's surface, where the pressure equates to the weight of 50 jumbo jets and the temperature rests just above freezing, scientists are discovering a menagerie of new species living among the smoky billows of hydrothermal vents.

Water spewing from the vents is heated by magma in the Earth's interior, reaching temperatures as great as 760 degrees Fahrenheit. See the video.

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