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Rhodolith/Maërl Beds: A Global Perspective

Series: Coastal Research Library Volume: 15

By: Rafael Riosmena-Rodríguez(Editor), Wendy Nelson(Editor), Julio Aguirre(Editor)

368 pages, 59 colour & 38 b/w photos and illustrations, tables


Hardback | Oct 2016 | #236918 | ISBN-13: 9783319293134
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Rhodoliths are a group of benthic marine red algae that resemble coral. Rhodolith beds are recognized internationally as a unique ecosystem, and they are the focus of this interdisciplinary book. These marine beds occur worldwide, from the tropics to the poles, ranging in depth from intertidal to deep subtidal habitats and they are also represented in extensive fossil deposits. In the light of international interest in rhodoliths and maërl concerning their role in coastal ecosystems and with respect to biodiversity, fisheries, and the production of sediment, Rhodolith/Maërl Beds provides the most comprehensive view possible. As readers will discover, rhodoliths/maërl are fundamental to a range of ecological processes, acting as ecosystem engineers including playing key roles in recruitment and providing nursery habitats. Rhodoliths/maërl have been used commercially in some parts of the world, and they are understood to be vulnerable to coastal modifications and human-induced change, and hence their status may serve as an indicator of ecosystem health. Rhodoliths/maërl contribute to global carbon budgets although the extent remains to be evaluated, as do the potential impacts of changing global climates and ocean acidification.


Section I. The Role of Rhodolith/maërl Beds in Modern Oceans
- Natural History of Rhodolith/maërl Beds: Their Role in Near-shore Biodiversity and Management
- Coralline Algae as Recorders of Past Climatic and Environmental Conditions
- Effects of Ocean Warming and Acidification on Rhodolith/maërl beds
- Economic Importance of Coralline Carbonates

Section II. The Role of Rhodolith/maërl Beds in Historical Oceans
- Rhodoliths and Rhodolith Beds in the Rock Record
- Re-Sedimented Rhodoliths in Channelized Depositional Systems
- Neogene Rhodoliths in the Mediterranean Basins
- Oligocene Rhodolith Beds in the Central Mediterranean Area
- Taphonomic Range and Sedimentary Dynamics of Modern and Fossil Rhodolith Beds: Macaronesian Realm (North Atlantic Ocean)

Section III. Conservation Status of Rhodolith/maërl at Major Ocean Basins
- North Atlantic
- Mediterranean Rhodolith Beds
- South Atlantic Rhodolith Beds: Latitudinal Distribution, Species Composition, Structure and Ecosystem Functions, Threats and Conservation Status
- Eastern Pacific
- Western Pacific
- South Pacific

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