Students Log On as Scientists Explore Deep Ocean

Deep in the ocean where the sun never shines, stinky clams, slippery tubeworms, ghost-white crabs, eel-like fish, and a gaggle of funky microscopic bacteria huddle around cracks in the Earth that spew scalding hot, toxic brews.

The spewing cracks are known as hydrothermal vents and the life that thrives around them fascinates the scientific community.