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Life at deep sea hydrothermal vents

Episode 22

In the spring of 1977, a cabal of bearded American oceanographers made the first daring submersible dives to a deep-sea hydrothermal vent in the east Pacific ocean and filmed, photographed and collected the biology that would make them famous.

Since then, exploration of deep sea vents has revealed an extrodinary world of new species, surviving in improbable ways.

Following his July Shell Lecture, Dr Adrian Glover of the Natural History Museum talks about his own research into the ecology of deep sea vents, and how he views growing interest by governments to exploit the wealth of mineral resources at these remote locations.