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Chemosynthetic Oases

The majority of life on the planet is based in a food chain which revolves around sunlight, as plants make food via photosynthesis. In the deep ocean, however, there is no light and thus there are no plants; so instead of sunlight being the primary form of energy, chemical energy is produced via chemosynthesis. Places with chemosynthetic organisms can become oases of life in an environment often otherwise depleted of food.

 

Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Gulf of Mexico 2017.

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