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Deep-Sea Biology : A Natural History of Organisms at the Deep-Sea Floor - John D. Gage

Deep-Sea Biology

A Natural History of Organisms at the Deep-Sea Floor

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Published: 4th January 1993
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This timely volume provides a comprehensive account of the natural history of the organisms associated with the deep-sea floor and examines their relationship with this inhospitable environment--perhaps the most remote and least accessible location on the planet. The authors begin by describing the physical and chemical nature of the deep-sea floor and the methods used to collect and study its fauna. Then they discuss the ecology of the deep sea by exploring spatial patterns, diversity, biomass, vertical zonation, and large-scale distribution of organisms. Subsequent chapters review current knowledge of feeding, respiration, reproduction, and growth processes in these communities. The unique fauna of hypothermal vents and seeps are considered separately. Finally, there is a pertinent discussion of human exploitation of deep-sea resources and potential use of this environment for waste disposal.

' ... a landmark study, well-documented and lavishly illustrated ... strongly recommended as essential reading for all courses in marine biology.' Nature 'Their text is very up to date with comprehensive references to original papers providing an excellent introduction to this field.' Times Higher Education Supplement 'Researchers will cherish this book for its broad coverage and superb reference lists. Teachers will find its state-of-the-art reviews invaluable for preparing lectures and students for preparing essays ... Highly recommended.' Biologist

Introduction
The Development of Deep-Sea Biology, The Physical Environment and Methods of Study
Historical aspects
The physical environment of the deep-sea
Methods of study of the organisms of the deep-sea floor
Organisms of the Deep-Sea Benthic Boundary
The megafauna
Smaller animals
Patterns in Space
Small-scale spatial patterns
Abundance and size structure of the deep-sea benthos
The diversity gradient
Depth-related patterns in community composition
Zoogeography, speciation and the origins of deep-sea fauna
Processes Patterns in Time
Food resources, energetics and feeding strategies
Metabolic processes: microbial ecology at the deep-sea bed
Reproduction, recruitment and growth of deep-sea organisms
Animal sediment relations in the deep-sea
Parallel Systems and Anthropogenic Effects
Deep-sea hydrothermal vents and cold seeps
Anthropogenic impacts: man's effects on the deep-sea
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ISBN: 9780521336659
ISBN-10: 0521336651
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 524
Published: 4th January 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 19.68  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.13