Why Hydrothermal Vents Are Important—and Need Protection

Deep-ocean habitats, home to dazzling biodiversity, face threats from seabed mining

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scaly foot gastropod
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Protecting the Unique Life Around Deep-Sea Vents

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The scaly-foot snail was added in 2019 to the IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species, and became the first creature declared endangered because of the threat of seabed mining.