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Meiobenthos in the Subequatorial Pacific Abyss: A Proxy in Anthropogenic Impact Evaluation

  • Provides information on the status of knowledge of metazoan meiobenthos in a deep-sea area intended for commercial mining
  • Summarises current ideas on applying meiobenthic research to environmental impact assessment in the deep-sea
  • Provides an overview of field studies / experiments aimed at assessing effects of simulated mining activities in the deep sea

Series: SpringerBriefs in Earth System Sciences

By: Teresa Radziejewska(Author)

100 pages, 5 colour & 20 b/w illustrations


Paperback | Jul 2014 | #212264 | ISBN-13: 9783642414572
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Against the backdrop of the environmental setting of the subequatorial NE Pacific abyssal plain, Meiobenthos in the Subequatorial Pacific Abyss will characterise the meiobenthos as an ecological category in the deep sea and introduce research lines meiobenthic studies are applied to, including environmental assessments of human-induced disturbance of the deep seafloor. It will proceed to present an overview of the current knowledge on the meiobenthos of the area of concern and will discuss general considerations regarding the use of meiobenthos as indicator of seafloor disturbance. It will address the question of deep-sea mineral resources development versus benthic communities and will present an overview of field studies ("experiments") aimed at assessing the magnitude of potential impact associated with seafloor resources development (polymetallic nodule mining in particular) in the Pacific.


- Characteristics of the North-Eastern Pacific's abyss, with a particular reference to the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (CCFZ)
- Meiobenthos of the subequatorial Pacific abyssal seafloor: a synopsis
- Abyssal subequatorial NE Pacific meiobenthic communities in the assessment of anthropogenic seafloor disturbance

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