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Seabed Fluid Flow: The Impact on Geology, Biology and the Marine Environment

By: Alan Judd and Martin Hovland

492 pages, 21 line diagrams, 189 half-tones, 4 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jun 2009 | #181368 | ISBN-13: 9780521114202
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Hardback | Jan 2007 | #165673 | ISBN-13: 9780521819503
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Seabed fluid flow involves the flow of gases and liquids through the sea bed. Such fluids have been found to leak through the seabed into the marine environment in seas and oceans around the world - from the coasts to deep ocean trenches. This geological phenomenon has widespread implications for the sub-seabed, seabed, and marine environments. Seabed fluid flow affects seabed morphology, mineralization, and benthic ecology. Natural fluid emissions also have a significant impact on the composition of the oceans and atmosphere; and gas hydrates and hydrothermal minerals are potential future resources.

This book describes seabed fluid flow features and processes, and demonstrates their importance to human activities and natural environments.

'I found the book to have significant breadth and detail, and believe it will be of use to scientists in both academia and industry.' Geofluids 'If you ask yourself 'Do I need the update if I have the 1988 version of the book?' the answer is yes. While the excellent introduction to pockmarks of the North Sea is retained from the previous book, Seabed Fluid Flow gives more room to other seep structures and their global distribution, such as mud volcanoes and hydrate systems. ... this book provides an excellent overview of submarine seepage phenomena, and stimulates ongoing scientific discussions needed to understand these systems. We recommend Seabed Fluid Flow to scientists and other professionals, but certainly also to students specializing in fluid-flow related topics.' Oceanography


Acknowledgements; 1. Seabed fluid flow introduction; 2. Pockmarks, shallow gas and seeps: an initial appraisal; 3. Seabed fluid flow around the world; 4. The contexts of seabed fluid flow; 5. The nature and origins of flowing fluids; 6. Shallow gas and gas hydrates; 7. Migration and seabed features; 8. Seabed fluid flow and biology; 9. Seabed fluid flow and mineral precipitation; 10. Impacts on the hydrosphere and atmosphere; 11. Implications for man; References; Index.

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Alan Judd is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Chartered Geologist. As an independent consultant he has undertaken consultancy projects for the petroleum and offshore site survey industries, and for the UK and US governments. Martin Hovland is a Marine Geology Specialist at Statoil ASA, Stavanger, Norway. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, and a member of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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