Chemosynthesis

 

l - Chemosynthesis is the process by which certain bacteria transfer chemicals into energy. l
 
- occurs around hydrothermal vents
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 - Bacteria converts chemicals into energy
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 - “The life around hydrothermal vents depends on chemosynthesis as much as life on
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surface depends on photosynthesis.”
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 - bacteria at the vents are the basis of the food chain at hydrothermal vents
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 - “Animals at the vent can either eat bacteria, eat the animals that eat the bacteria, or co-
exist to form a symbiotic relationship, such as the one with the bacteria and tubeworms.”