15. The Lack Of Metals Creates Unique Chemical Reactions
Perhaps the most notable chemical reaction that occurs at the Lost City is known as “serpentinization.” Despite the sound of the name, serpentinization has nothing to do with Harry Potter. Rather, it refers to the production of rocks that have a green, scaly surface, similar to the skin of a serpent.
The serpentinization that occurs at the vents is known as ultramafic-hosted serpentinization. This process leads to the creation of hydrocarbons and other molecules that some scientists believe are the source of abiotic genesis.