Alien Ocean : An Anthropology of the Deep Sea

Alien Ocean : An Anthropology of the Deep Sea

November 14, 2007 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Marine biologists describing high-pressure, heat-loving life forms at deep-sea hydrothermal vents often stage these abyssal marine locales as analogues for extraterrestrial ecosystems. This lecture reports on anthropological fieldwork conducted among these scientists, both in the lab and beneath the sea, following how these researchers, though a potent mix of heterodox science, Lost World mythology, and extranational, high-seas political work, are reimagining the nature of Earthly nature and the limits of life itself.
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