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Alvin and the Hydrothermal Vents

How a submersible made critical discoveries for our geology and the origins of life

Artist’s concept of the early Earth. Credit: NASA/Goddard Image Lab


Alvin rocks. Named for Allyn Vine, a physicist and oceanographer and inspiration for building this manned deep-sea submersible, Alvin has been responsible for some of the most earth-shaking geological and life science discoveries…




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