Deep Water Coral Reefs
Unique Biodiversity Hot-Spots
Deep-water coral reefs are currently the target of intensive
research, offering exciting opportunities for frontier exploration.
Using a battery of modern techniques, such as deep-sea drilling,
sampling, remote control surveying and documentation, marine
scientists are hoping to find answers to questions such as:
- Why do they exist at all?
- What can they tell us about the enigmatic ancient reefs that lived
on earth, such as Devonian and Jurassic reefs?
- Are they robust or delicate organic communities?
This book provides a comprehensive and thorough scientific analysis
and documentation of deep-water coral reefs around the world. It
reviews what is currently known about these unique reefs and how they
may be protected for the future. In addition, Deep-water Coral Reefs
- tells the story of how these fascinating structures were discovered
- theorises about how these biological communities developed and why
they still thrive in 'the deep, cold, dark, hostile environment'
- details the implications for the understanding of other underwater
communities, such as tropical coral reefs
- contains many previously unpublished images, many in full colour
Table of Contents
- Coral reefs
- A modern re-discovery
- Scandinavian coral reefs
- North Atlantic coral reefs and giantícarbonateímounds
- Other deep-water coral reefs, worldwide
- Ancient and modern analogues
- Competing theories
- An unintended extinction?
Appendix A Some additional photographs and imagesExtent:
Appendix B Epilogue
288 pages, 4 colour throughoutBinding:
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