Variability of heat flux through the seafloor: discovery of hydrothermal circulation in the oceanic crust / John G. Sclater -- Foundations of research into heat, fluid, and chemical fluxes in oceanic crust / Harry Elderfield, Keir Becker, and Earl E. Davis -- Variability of ocean crustal structure created along the global mid-ocean ridge / Suzanne M. Carbotte and Daniel S. Scheirer -- Fracturing and fluid flow in the oceanic crust: insights from borehole imaging and other downhole measurements / David Goldberg, Gerardo J. Iturrino, and Keir Becker -- Hydrothermal aging of oceanic crust: inferences from seismic refraction and borehole studies / Ingo Grevemeyer and Anne Bartetzko -- Sediment permeability, distribution, and influence on fluxes in oceanic basement / Glenn A. Spinelli, Emily R. Giambalvo, and Andrew T. Fisher. In situ determinations of the permeability of the igneous oceanic crust / Keir Beckyer and Earl E. Davis -- Observations of temperature and pressure: constraints on ocean crustal hydrologic state, properties, and flow / Earl E. Davis and Keir Becker -- Hydrothermal insights from the Troodos ophiolite, Cyprus / Joe Cann and Kathryn Gillis -- Deep-seated oceanic heat flow, heat deficits, and hydrothermal circulation / Robert N. Harris and David S. Chapman -- Rates of flow and patterns of fluid circulation / Andrew T. Fisher -- Applying fundamental principles and mathematical models to understand processes and estimate parameters / Kelin Wang -- Geothermal evidence for continuing hydrothermal circulation in older (>60 M.y.) ocean crust / Richard P. Von Herzen -- Alteration and mass transport in mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal systems: controls on the chemical and isotopic evolution of high-temperature crustal fluids / W.E. Seyfried, Jr. and Wayne C. Shanks, III. Alteration of the upper oceanic crust: mineralogy, chemistry, and processes / Jeffrey C. Alt -- Ridge flank sediment-fluid interactions / Miriam Kastner and Mark D. Rudnicki -- Microbial reactions in marine sediments / Jon P. Telling, Edward R.C. Hornibrook, and R. John Parkes -- Microbial mediation of oceanic crust alteration / Hubert Staudigel and Harald Furnes -- Geochemical fluxes through mid-ocean ridge flanks / C. Geoffrey Wheat and Michael J. Mottl -- Insight into the hydrogeology and alteration of oceanic lithosphere based on subduction zones and arc volcanism / Simon M. Peacock -- Hydrothermal fluxes in a global context / Mike Bickle and Harry Elderfield. "A comprehensive and up-to-date review of the subject of the nature, causes, and consequences of fluid flow in oceanic crust, this edited volume sets in context much recent research for the first time." "The book begins with a concise review of the relatively brief history of its subject, which began shortly after the dawning of plate-tectonic theory little more than 30 years ago. It then describes the nature and important consequences of fluid flow in the sub-seafloor, ending with a summary of how the oceans are affected by the surprisingly rapid exchange of water between the crust and the water column overhead. The accompanying CD includes a full and easily navigated set of diagrams and captions, references, and photos of the research vessels, submersibles, and tools used in marine-hydrologic studies." "A valuable resource for graduate students and researchers of earth sciences and oceanography."--Jacket.