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The Vent and Seep Biota: Aspects from Microbes to Ecosystems

Series: Topics in Geobiology Volume: 33

By: Steffen Kiel(Editor)

487 pages, colour & b/w illustrations


Hardback | Nov 2010 | #187431 | ISBN-13: 9789048195718
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Oases of life around black smokers and hydrocarbon seeps in the deep-sea were among the most surprising scientific discoveries of the past three decades. These ecosystems are dominated by animals having symbiotic relationships with chemoautotrophic bacteria. Their study developed into an international, interdisciplinary venture where scientists develop new technologies to work in some of the most extreme places on Earth. This book highlights discoveries, developments, and advances made during the past 10 years, including remarkable cases of host-symbiont coevolution, worms living on frozen methane, and a fossil record providing insights into the dynamic history of these ecosystems since the Paleozoic.

'A welcome look at vents and seep biology in tandem, this synthesis provides more than the sum of two ecosystems'. Lisa Levin, Integrative Oceanography Division Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California, USA 'The discovery of chemically-reducing seafloor vents and the lush communities that they host rates as one of the most exciting scientific discoveries of the past century. As our exploration of the oceans has continued the wide diversity of chemosynthetic ecosystems present (vents, seeps, large organic falls, oxygen minimum zones) has continued to expand and, so too, our appreciation of the extremes under which life can exist. This field is now helping to shape, and revealing ideal natural laboratories in which to test, fast-changing theories on the origins of life on Earth and the potential for life beyond our home planet. This timely compilation of papers from an international team of experts, therefore, should provide a compelling read for a broad spectrum of life, ocean, earth and space scientists, ranging from the graduate student level to the most senior professionals in any of the above disciplines.' C.R.German, Chief Scientist for Deep Submergence, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA


1. Introduction: Chemosythetically-driven ecosystems in the deep sea; Steffen Kiel and Paul A. Tyler
2. Genetics and evolution of deep-sea chemosynthetic bacteria and their invertebrate hosts; Robert C. Vrijenhoek
3. Microbial habitats associated with deep-sea hydrothermal vent invertebrates: insights from microanalysis and geochemical modeling; Nadine Le Bris and Francoise Gaill
4. Microbial chemofossils in specific marine hydrothermal and methane cold seep settings; Martin Blumenberg
5. Chemosymbiotic bivalves; John D Taylor and Emily A Glover
6. The diversity of deep-sea mussels and their bacterial symbioses; Sebastien Duperron
7. Gastropods from Recent hot vents and cold seeps: systematics, diversity and life strategies; Takenori Sasaki, Anders Waren,Yasunori Kano,Takashi Okutani and Katsunori Fujikura
8. The fossil record of vent and seep mollusks; Steffen Kiel
9. Brachiopods from ancient hydrocarbon seeps and hydrothermal vents; Michael R Sandy
10. Unusual habitats and organisms associated with the cold seeps of the Gulf of Mexico; Erik E Cordes, Stephane Hourdez and Harry H Roberts
11. Biological communities at marine shallow-water vent and seep sites; Paul R Dando
12. Japan: Vents and Seeps in Close Proximity; Hiromi Watanabe, Katsunori Fujikura, Shigeaki Kojima, Jun-Ichi Miyazaki and Yoshihiro Fujiwara
13. Shaping vent and seep communities: Habitat provision and modification by foundation species; Breea Govenar
14. An Eldorado for paleontologists: the Cenozoic seeps of western Washington State, USA; Steffen Kiel

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