VISIONS OF THE SEA -- ILLUSTRATED SCREENPLAY & SCREENCAP GALLERY
More than a mile and a half underwater, it is far beyond the reach of the sun. Its landscape of frozen, shattered lava is shrouded in eternal darkness.
Volcanic vents spew toxic chemicals in plumes of super-heated water.
Strangely, there is life here.
Life of a kind no one had seen until a few decades ago.
It is fueled by volcanic heat and concentrations of sulfur lethal to most creatures.
Specialized bacteria and tiny single-celled organisms known as archaea -- among the most ancient of life forms -- thrive on the chemicals of this hostile place.
Giant tube worms grow five feet tall, as thick as human arms.