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CLIP 10506

Hydrothermal vent extremophiles

Hydrothermal vent extremophiles
Key Info
  • Hydrothermal vent extremophiles
  • Duration: 01:22
  • In the Western Pacific bordering Japan, hot vents on the ocean floor support an ecosystem that derives no energy from the Sun. Bacteria thrive and are grazed by squat lobsters. Due to geographical isolation, the species around these hydrothermal vents are unique. This clip was first created on the Planet Earth website: Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Bio: Environment - Habitat

  • Keywords: endemic, speciation, lobster, crustacean, hot vent, thermal vent, volcano, extremophile
Ideas for use in class
  • To illustrate that speciation can occur as a result of geographical isolation.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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