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Cold-Water Corals and Ecosystems

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Edited By: Andre Freiwald and J Murray Roberts

1243 pages, 361 illus., 116 in colour


Hardback | Dec 2005 | #152746 | ISBN: 3540241361
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Fabulous new book on cold water corals.

From the publisher's announcement:

Following the exciting exploration of hot vent and cold seep ecosystems, the rediscovery of cold-water coral ecosystems with high-technology instrumentation is currently another hot topic in multidisciplinary marine research. Conventionally, coral reefs are regarded as restricted to warm and well-illuminated tropical seas, not associated with cold and dark waters of higher latitudes. However, ongoing scientific missions have shed light on the global significance of this overlooked ecosystem. Cold-water coral ecosystems are involved in the formation of large seabed structures such as reefs and giant carbonate mounds, and they represent unexploited paleo-environmental archives of earth history. Like their tropical cousins, cold-water coral ecosystems harbour rich species diversity. Despite the great water depths, commercial interests overlap more and more with the coral occurrences. Human activities already impinge directly on cold-water coral reefs causing severe damage to this vulnerable ecosystem. In this volume, the current key institutions involved in cold-water coral research have contributed 62 state-of-the-art articles from geology and oceanography to biology and conservation.


From the contents: The Palaeoenvironmental Context.- Distribution.- Mapping.- Exogenic and Endogenic Controls.- Coral biology.- Diversity.- Environmental Archives.- Conservation.- Index.

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