How Life Survives at Brine Pools
The deep ocean is a place that is full of otherworldly creatures and fascinating processes. Life here is unique, as it must be in order to survive the immense pressure, darkness, and the extreme temperatures of the deep. But resting on the ocean floor, there is a secret world that seems as if it defies the laws of physics. Here, water that can be up to five times saltier than the surrounding ocean water, seeps out of the seafloor and flows into basins to form brine pools. Mineral rich, but utterly toxic to marine life. And yet they represent islands of abundance on the sea floor. Just how does life manage it in these extreme conditions?