How Volcano Vent Tubeworms Work

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I'll confess that until researching this article I never gave tubeworms a second thought. Now that I've given them a second, third and fourth thought, I'm intrigued. There's something oddly reassuring about the existence of creatures that can live without sunlight and under crushing pressure while thriving on chemical compounds that would be toxic to most organisms. Come the robot/zombie/nuclear/environmental apocalypse when all life on Earth appears to be wiped out, those tubeworms and their ilk will still be down there enjoying the weird world of deep-sea vents oblivious to our travails topside.

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