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Submarine Thermal Springs on the Galápagos Rift

Overview of attention for article published in Science, March 1979
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (94th percentile)
  • Good Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (67th percentile)

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1 policy source
4 tweeters
3 Wikipedia pages


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Submarine Thermal Springs on the Galápagos Rift
Published in
Science, March 1979
DOI 10.1126/science.203.4385.1073
Pubmed ID

John B. Corliss, Jack Dymond, Louis I. Gordon, John M. Edmond, Richard P. von Herzen, Robert D. Ballard, Kenneth Green, David Williams, Arnold Bainbridge, Kathy Crane, Tjeerd H. van Andel


The submarine hydrothermal activity on and near the Galápagos Rift has been explored with the aid of the deep submersible Alvin. Analyses of water samples from hydrothermal vents reveal that hydrothermal activity provides significant or dominant sources and sinks for several components of seawater; studies of conductive and convective heat transfer suggest that two-thirds of the heat lost from new oceanic lithosphere at the Galápagos Rift in the first million years may be vented from thermal springs, predominantly along the axial ridge within the rift valley. The vent areas are populated by animal communities. They appear to utilize chemosynthesis by sulfur-oxidizing bacteria to derive their entire energy supply from reactions between the seawater and the rocks at high temperatures, rather than photosynthesis.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 15 4%
Germany 4 1%
Australia 3 <1%
Portugal 2 <1%
Mexico 2 <1%
Canada 2 <1%
Israel 1 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Other 4 1%
Unknown 320 90%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 82 23%
Researcher 69 19%
Student > Master 61 17%
Student > Bachelor 47 13%
Unspecified 26 7%
Other 70 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 109 31%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 108 30%
Unspecified 41 12%
Environmental Science 34 10%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 22 6%
Other 41 12%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 28. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 22 May 2019.
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