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University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Inferno Vent at Axial Volcano

Caption: Holden studies high temperature microbes that thrive around 200 degrees F near "black smoker" vents that spew out clouds of dark, superheated water up to 660 degree F. His work addresses such questions as what metabolic processes may have looked like on Earth 3 billion years ago and what microbial life might look like on other planets.

Credit: NOAA Vents Program, NeMO Project

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