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Author Gage, John D.

Title Deep-sea biology : a natural history of organisms at the deep-sea floor / John D. Gage, Paul A. Tyler
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1991


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 MELB  591.92 Gag/Dsb  AVAILABLE
Description xvi, 504 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents Machine derived contents note: Introduction -- Part I. The Development of Deep-Sea Biology, The Physical Environment and Methods of Study: 1. Historical aspects -- 2. The physical environment of the deep-sea -- 3. Methods of study of the organisms of the deep-sea floor -- Part II. Organisms of the Deep-Sea Benthic Boundary: 4. The megafauna -- 5. Smaller animals -- Part III. Patterns in Space: 6. Small-scale spatial patterns -- 7. Abundance and size structure of the deep-sea benthos -- 8. The diversity gradient -- 9. Depth-related patterns in community composition -- 10. Zoogeography, speciation and the origins of deep-sea fauna -- Part IV. Processes Patterns in Time: 11. Food resources, energetics and feeding strategies -- 12. Metabolic processes: microbial ecology at the deep-sea bed -- 13. Reproduction, recruitment and growth of deep-sea organisms -- 14. Animal sediment relations in the deep-sea -- Part V. Parallel Systems and Anthropogenic Effects: 15. Deep-sea hydrothermal vents and cold seeps -- 16. Anthropogenic impacts: man's effects on the deep-sea
Summary Deep-Sea Biology provides a comprehensive account of the natural history of the organisms associated with the deep-sea floor, and examines their relationship with this remote and inhospitable environment. In the initial chapters, the authors describe the physico-chemical nature of the deep-sea floor and the methods used to collect and study its fauna. They then go on to discuss the ecological framework by exploring spatial patterns of diversity, biomass, vertical zonation and large-scale distributions. Subsequent chapters review current knowledge of feeding, respiration, reproduction and growth processes in these communities. The unique fauna of hydrothermal vents and seeps are considered separately. Finally, there is a discussion of man's exploitation of deep-sea resources and his use of this environment for waste disposal on the fauna of this, the earth's largest ecosystem. Annotation Published: September 2013
Analysis Benthos
Deep-sea animals Ecology
Deep-sea biology
Deep-sea ecology
Marine biology
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [407]-488) and indexes
Subject Benthos.
Marine animals -- Ecology.
Abyssal zone.
Deep-sea animals -- Ecology.
Deep-sea animals.
Deep-sea biology.
Deep-sea ecology.
Marine animals -- Ecology.
Ocean bottom.
Marine Biology.
Author Tyler, Paul A.
LC no. 90045683
ISBN 0521334314 (HC)
0521336651 (paperback)