A lot vs. Alot: 9 Grammatical Pitfalls

hydrothermal vent

noun, Oceanography, Geology
an opening on the floor of the sea from which hot, mineral-rich solutions issue.
Compare vent1 (def 2). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for hydrothermal vent
  • Corliss and his team had found their submarine hydrothermal vent.
  • Focus:hydrothermal vent ecology and transfer of energy among organisms that live near vents.
  • Understanding the transport of hydrothermal vent fluids.
  • The students will create a model of a developing hydrothermal vent.
hydrothermal vent in Science
hydrothermal vent  
A fissure on the floor of a sea out of which flows water that has been heated by underlying magma. The water can be as hot as 400°C (752°F) and usually contains dissolved minerals that precipitate out of it upon contact with the colder seawater, building a stack of minerals, or chimney. Hydrothermal vents form an ecosystem for microbes and animals, such as tubeworms, giant clams, and blind shrimp, that can withstand the hostile environment. ◇ The hottest hydrothermal vents are called black smokers because they spew iron and sulfide which combine to form iron monosulfide, a black compound.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for hydrothermal vent

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for hydrothermal

Scrabble Words With Friends