|Will, Diva and Leigh in relaxed mode!|
Detailed analysis of samples back at the National Oceanography Centre and the Geosciences Environment Toulouse laboratory will enable us to relate the chemistry in the local vent environment to discoveries made by the geology and biology team on the distribution of different rock types and organisms across the Beebe and Von Damm vent fields. This allows us to see how different species survive and tolerate different chemical environments. The micro-organisms that survive in these harsh, toxic conditions are an example of how life can survive in the most inhospitable places and may be our best model to search for life in other parts of our solar system.
On this expedition, biologists, geologists and chemists have collaborated to generate new views of the deepest known vents on the planet.
Team Chemistry: Alain Castillo, Valerie Chavagnac, Jeff Hawkes, Will Homoky, Aly Lough and Rachel Mills
|Rachel on deck|