Japan researchers confirm deep-sea electric current, possible origin of life on Earth

Date: May 8, 2017

Source & Author: The Mainichi

A team of scientists from Japanese research institutes has confirmed low electric current around deep-sea hydrothermal vents, suggesting a possibility that such a current played a key role in the formation of life on Earth from organic matter in the ocean.

The team, comprised of scientists at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and the Riken research institute, surveyed in 2015 areas approximately 150 kilometers northwest of Okinawa Prefecture’s main island at a depth of some 1,000 meters with an unmanned probe. They studied an area of up to 100 meters from hydrothermal vents and detected a fraction of electric current typically found in a regular battery.

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