Biogeography of Deep-Water Chemosynthetic Ecosystems Project (ChEss)
ChEss is a global study of the biogeography of deep-water chemosyntheticecosystems and the processes that drive them. This project focuses on deep-water (generally well below 1000 meters) hydrothermal vents and seeps from the Earth's interior. These are extremely isolated ecosystems that may serve as nurseries for new species.
The remotely operated vehicle (ROV) ISIS being extracted from the ocean after a dive to explore hydrothermal vents. (Biogeography of Deep-Water Chemosynthetic Ecosystems Project - ChEss. Dave Edge, Southampton Oceanography Centre)
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