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Undersea 'Black Smokers' Found Off Arctic
Discovery ^ | August 4, 2008 | AFP

Posted on 08/04/2008 5:58:31 PM PDT by krb

Aug. 4, 2008 -- Jets of searingly hot water spewing up from the ocean floor have been discovered in a far-northern zone of the Arctic Ocean, Swiss-based scientists announced Monday.

The so-called "black smokers" were found 73 degrees north, on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge between Greenland and Norway, in the coldest waters yet for a phenomenon first observed around the Galagapos islands in 1977.

The earth's plumbing system of hydrothermal vents contain their own, unique ecosystems given the absence of sunlight at depths, in this case, of 7,874 feet, with vinegar-like water attaining temperatures of up to 752 degrees Fahrenheit.

A team from Norway's University of Bergen and the Lausanne-based Swiss Federal Institute of Technology found the vents on an expedition in June, with the results published on the Swiss polytechnic's Web site.

These geo-thermal currents are found on undersea, geologically active "mountain ranges" -- formed from mighty tectonic plates that push into each other and create spines along the ocean floor.

Hydrothermal vents have been called "black smokers" for the bilious clouds of material emitted from their chimneys.

Scientists are discovering new weird, resilient microbial life forms that live in these clusters, feeding off flecks of gold and other minerals from Earth's interior.




TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arctic; black; catastrophism; coastalenvironment; environment; godsgravesglyphs; sea; smoker; smokers
All too easy:


1 posted on 08/04/2008 5:58:32 PM PDT by krb
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To: krb

First thing that came to my mind...


2 posted on 08/04/2008 5:59:53 PM PDT by Coffee200am ("We should all be living in mud huts and riding bicycles to avoid killing the polar bears..."/s)
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To: krb

Aha! So we should blame the earth itself for melting ice! Hey, maybe the sun has something to do with warming too?


3 posted on 08/04/2008 6:01:25 PM PDT by pleikumud
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To: krb
"752 degrees Fahrenheit"

Now that's some global warming.

4 posted on 08/04/2008 6:02:55 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Huma for co-president! (it ain't over 'til it's over))
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To: krb

5 posted on 08/04/2008 6:06:48 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Obama: The presumptuous democratic nominee)
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To: krb

LOL.

Yeah, as others have noted before, sometimes these things just write themselves.


6 posted on 08/04/2008 6:06:54 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: krb
This is an old story. They found crude oil that has carbon 13 in stead of the carbon 14 from biological origin showing the oil is natural occurring non biological.
7 posted on 08/04/2008 6:08:22 PM PDT by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: krb

The AP prefers the term “African-American smokers”.


8 posted on 08/04/2008 6:09:31 PM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: krb

Ah yes but do the black smokers contain menthol?

If so the DEA may exempt them from prohibition.


9 posted on 08/04/2008 6:15:39 PM PDT by relictele
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To: B-Chan
The AP prefers the term “African-American smokers”.

No, it's "African-American nicotine pollution addicts".

10 posted on 08/04/2008 6:15:54 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: B-Chan
"The AP prefers the term “African-American smokers”."

If they're anything like Obambi, there's no 'American' there.

Maybe 'African-Socialist smokers.'

11 posted on 08/04/2008 6:16:45 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: krb

Erhh...This couldn’t be causing any ice to melt, could it?


12 posted on 08/04/2008 6:23:26 PM PDT by Wil H
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To: krb

what would Judge Thomas Jones say?


13 posted on 08/04/2008 6:24:06 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Obamuh uh uh uh uh uh uh ummmmmm)
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To: krb

if we dump oil will the earth stop venting? (sarcasm)


14 posted on 08/04/2008 6:24:45 PM PDT by machogirl
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To: krb

That kind is a little different. It spews hot air.


15 posted on 08/04/2008 6:31:14 PM PDT by DeltaZulu
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To: krb
These geo-thermal currents are found on undersea, geologically active "mountain ranges" -- formed from mighty tectonic plates that push into each other and create spines along the ocean floor.

Nobody bothers to fact check any more. The mid ocean ridges are spreading zones not subduction zones. /idiots.

16 posted on 08/04/2008 6:38:30 PM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: krb
Volcanic eruptions reshape Arctic ocean floor: study
June 25, 2008 | AFP

Recent massive volcanoes have risen from the ocean floor deep under the Arctic ice cap, spewing plumes of fragmented magma into the sea, scientists who filmed the aftermath reported Wednesday.

The eruptions -- as big as the one that buried Pompei -- took place in 1999 along the Gakkel Ridge, an underwater mountain chain snaking 1,800 kilometres (1,100 miles) from the northern tip of Greenland to Siberia.

Scientists suspected even at the time that a simultaneous series of earthquakes were linked to these volcanic spasms.

But when a team led of scientists led by Robert Sohn of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts finally got a first-ever glimpse of the ocean floor 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) beneath the Arctic pack ice, they were astonished.

What they saw was unmistakable evidence of explosive eruptions rather than the gradual secretion of lava bubbling up from Earth's mantle onto the ocean floor.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080625/sc_afp/sciencegeologyoceansvolcano

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From Ohio State University News, Dec 2007...

EARTH'S HEAT ADDS TO CLIMATE CHANGE TO MELT GREENLAND ICE

COLUMBUS , Ohio -- Scientists have discovered what they think may be another reason why Greenland 's ice is melting: a thin spot in Earth's crust is enabling underground magma to heat the ice.

They have found at least one “hotspot” in the northeast corner of Greenland -- just below a site where an ice stream was recently discovered.

The researchers don't yet know how warm the hotspot is. But if it is warm enough to melt the ice above it even a little, it could be lubricating the base of the ice sheet and enabling the ice to slide more rapidly out to sea.

http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/hotgreen.htm

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Movie: "The Land That Time Forgot"

"Negotiating an underwater tunnel [beneath the ice] to gain the island's interior, those aboard U-33 are amazed to discover a tropical prehistoric world kept warm by volcanic forces. Here dinosaurs that should be long extinct live and roam, as do a curious race of humanoid savages that appear to exhibit all the various phases of Man's evolutionary development. To survive long enough to repair and replenish the U-boat, wartime enemies must put aside their differences and cooperate with one another. But not everyone is playing from the Kumbaya songbook... The Land That Time Forgot is a thoroughly old fashioned sci-fi/fantasy adventure of the type they weren't really making anymore even in 1975. A lot of this has to do with the script sticking to Burroughs' Victorian style. (His Caprona tales were first published in 1918; as late as World War II he'd still be cranking out novels in the writing style of the 19th Century.) The film's a throwback to the likes of the original King Kong and potboilers such as Unknown Island (1948) and The Land Unknown (1957), only in color."
http://www.eccentric-cinema.com/cult_movies/land_time_forgot.htm

17 posted on 08/04/2008 6:42:58 PM PDT by ETL (Plenty of REAL smoking-gun evidence on the demonRats at: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Interested?


18 posted on 08/04/2008 6:44:42 PM PDT by indcons (People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news. - A. J. Liebling)
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To: krb

Beware or else Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price will accuse you of using a racist term.


19 posted on 08/04/2008 6:47:33 PM PDT by urroner
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To: krb

Um, don’t you mean “African American Smokers”?


20 posted on 08/04/2008 6:47:55 PM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Obama for President!)
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To: krb
Smokers!


21 posted on 08/04/2008 6:58:21 PM PDT by Clock King (Under revision...)
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To: krb

Bump.


22 posted on 08/04/2008 7:01:02 PM PDT by Theo (Global warming "scientists." Pro-evolution "scientists." They're both wrong.)
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To: Jet Jaguar; krb
Come on, Jet...
Everyone knows that while touring the Arctic, Barry is smoking Kool Menthols...


23 posted on 08/04/2008 7:34:19 PM PDT by Constitution Day (This tagline is a Designated Whine-Free Zone)
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To: Coffee200am
vinegar-like water

as in, tangy? good on potato chips??
24 posted on 08/04/2008 8:30:39 PM PDT by wafflehouse (RE-ELECT NO ONE !)
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To: krb

What’s Obama doing there?


25 posted on 08/04/2008 9:11:52 PM PDT by Impy (Spellcheck hates Obama, you should too.)
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To: Coffee200am
First thing that came to my mind...

You are not the only one. LOL!
26 posted on 08/04/2008 9:20:49 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (Is Barak HUSSEIN Obama an Anti-Christ? - B.O. Stinks! (Robert Riddle))
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To: indcons

Undersea smokers? I wonder how they keep ‘em lit? ;’)

Scientists Break Record By Finding Northernmost Hydrothermal Vent Field
ScienceDaily | 24 July 2008
Posted on 07/24/2008 10:51:43 PM PDT by zeestephen
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2051008/posts


27 posted on 08/04/2008 10:14:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: 75thOVI; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; BenLurkin; Berosus; ..
Thanks indcons. A repeat topic (although I actually thought it was a three-peat), but it's been slow lately. :')
 
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28 posted on 08/04/2008 10:16:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: Rurudyne

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29 posted on 08/04/2008 10:16:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: SunTzuWu
The mid ocean ridges are spreading zones not subduction zones.

Good catch. Pity they slept through Geology 101.

30 posted on 08/04/2008 10:46:25 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks for the ping!

I glanced at the list and noticed a thread on the crusades. This was of interest to me because of a character of mine in a book I’ve been revising in hopes of publication. Gervais’ past (before the story takes place) had him being a French knight who was planning to be what we would call an early responder to the call for Milites Christi (sp? ... been a while since I checked) well before 1095.


31 posted on 08/06/2008 5:16:47 PM PDT by Rurudyne (Standup Philosopher)
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To: Rurudyne

You’re most welcome.


32 posted on 08/06/2008 9:28:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: krb

33 posted on 08/06/2008 9:36:43 PM PDT by Bratch ("The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." --- Edmund Burke)
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