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Main Title Cold-Water Corals and Ecosystems [electronic resource] /
Author Freiwald, André.
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Roberts, J. Murray.
Publisher Springer Berlin Heidelberg,
Year Published 2005
Call Number GC1-1581
ISBN 9783540276739
Subjects Life sciences ; Oceanography ; Paleontology ; Sedimentology ; Endangered ecosystems
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Collation XXXII, 1243 p. 361 illus., 116 in color. online resource.
Due to license restrictions, this resource is available to EPA employees and authorized contractors only
Contents Notes
The paleoenvironmental context -- Distribution -- Mapping -- Exogenic and endogenic controls -- Coral Biology -- Diversity -- Environmental archive -- Conservation. 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.