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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 05:23 AM

Deepest undersea vents discovered by UK team

British scientists exploring the ocean floor in the Caribbean have discovered an "astounding" set of hydrothermal vents, the deepest anywhere in the world.

Deploying a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) in the Cayman Trough, a giant underwater canyon, they stumbled across a previously-unknown site nearly 5000m below the surface.

Video pictures relayed live back to the research ship mounting the operation show spindly chimneys up to 10m high and belching out dark water - "a stunning sight", according to one scientist.

In the immense pressure of the sea three miles down, the ROV, known as ISIS, was gently steered around the vents, taking pictures and gathering samples.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21520404 includes video.

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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 06:42 AM

1. Amazing engineering..

Thanks dipsydoodle...

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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 02:25 PM

2. Shallowest Undersea Vent

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