Rhizophora is my attempt to capture the beauty of the Mangroves. From the plant life and delicate eco system to the majesty of the creatures that inhabit it.
About The Artist
JoshuaBudich is an independent illustrator, working for numerous galleries and media-outlets around the globe, with a primary focus on screenprints. He graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a BFA in 2000, and resides in the Baltimore/DC area with his wife, son, and baby girl.
Habitat of the Month: Hydrothermal Vents
Photograph by Forschungszentrum Ozeanränder, University of Bremen
Hydrothermal vents, also in the deep sea, were unknown until about 30 years ago, when they were discovered in the submersible Alvin.
Hydrothermal vents are found at an average depth of about 7,000 feet and are essentially underwater hot springs created by tectonic plates. These huge plates in the Earth’s crust move and create cracks in the ocean floor. Ocean water enters these cracks, is heated up by the Earth’s magma, and then released through the hydrothermal vents, along with minerals such as hydrogen sulfide.
The water coming out of the vents can reach incredible temperatures of up to 750o Fahrenheit. Despite their intimidating description, hundreds of species of marine life thrive in this habitat such as giant tube worms, shrimps, clams and limpets.