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In Photos: Sea Life Thrives at Otherworldly Hydrothermal Vent System

Vial of microbes

A vial of microbes brought up from the hydrothermal vent site.

(Image credit: Schmidt Ocean Institute)

A vial of microbes brought up from the hydrothermal vent site. These microbes could hold biological secrets that could be used in biotechnology or medicine, Joye said. Their survival in extreme pressures and temperatures with only toxic compounds to eat could also help scientists understand how life first formed on early Earth, or how it might thrive on alien planets.