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hydrothermal

[ hahy-druh-thur-muhl ]

adjective

, Geology.
  1. noting or pertaining to the action of hot, aqueous solutions or gases within or on the surface of the earth.


hydrothermal

/ ˌhaɪdrəʊˈθɜːməl /

adjective

  1. of or relating to the action of water under conditions of high temperature, esp in forming rocks and minerals


hydrothermal

/ hī′drə-thûrməl /

  1. Relating to or produced by hot water, especially water heated underground by the Earth's internal heat.
  2. Hydrothermal energy is power that is generated using the Earth's hot water.


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Derived Forms

  • ˌhydroˈthermally, adverb

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Other Words From

  • hydro·thermal·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of hydrothermal1

First recorded in 1840–50; hydro- 1 + thermal

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Example Sentences

Researchers looking for signs of early life on Earth have explored sediments of surface waters more than hydrothermal systems, where these fossils were found, Cavalazzi says.

The company invested tens of millions of dollars into R&D efforts from concentrated solar power to hydrothermal drilling.

The first evidence of these new organisms were within sediments from seven hot springs in China as well as from the deep-sea hydrothermal vents in the Guaymas Basin in the Gulf of California.

When hiking in the park’s numerous hydrothermal areas, follow the posted warning signs, don’t touch the thermal features, and stay on the raised wooden boardwalks at all times.

This moderate three-mile hike takes visitors past phenomenal views of Lassen Peak, across lush alpine meadows, and onto a boardwalk that meanders through an active hydrothermal basin.

In other words, the determination of the hydrothermal equivalent is essential.

By means of the electrical check experiments, however, a method for determining the hydrothermal equivalent is at hand.

Such corrections are impossible unless a proper determination of the hydrothermal equivalent has been made.

From the weight of the subject and this factor the hydrothermal equivalent of the body can be calculated.

These occurrences are generally held to be due to hydrothermal or geyser action.

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