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WELCOME TO THE OASIS OF THE DEEP!!

ChEss is one of the 14 projects in the Census of Marine Life initiative (CoML) concerned with the exploration and investigation of the deep-water animal communities that live based on chemical energy from the Earth's interior (instead of solar energy) such as hydrothermal vents, cold seeps and others... Learn more about these fascinating habitats and their exotic animals by clicking on the links below. A book written by CoML scientists for the general public is now available (in English, French, Spanish, German and Norwegian). Deeper than Light is richly illustrated and takes you on a journey to the abyss.

Hydrothermal Vents


Black smoker at Logatchev (MAR).
© Universitšt Bremen 2004

Cold Seeps


The tubeworm Lamellibrachia luymesi.
© MacDonald, Texas A&M Univ. Corpus Christi

Whalefalls


Bacterial colonies on whale skeleton.
© C. Smith, Uni. Hawaii