Life at Deep Sea Hydrothermal Vents - Oases Under Water.

Imhoff, Johannes F. and Hügler, Michael (2009) Life at Deep Sea Hydrothermal Vents - Oases Under Water. International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, 24 . pp. 201-208. DOI 10.1163/157180809X421789.

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This paper briefly recapitulates the discovery of the first deep sea hydrothermal vents and the research undertaken within the past 30 years, followed by an overview of their biological aspects. Highlighting two unique characteristics of organisms found in this exceptional habitat: their adaptation to obtain food by microbial energy transformation and recently discovered symbiotic associations between animals and bacteria, it argues that these exclusive features qualify hydrothermal vent habitats as unique ecosystems, and concludes with comments on recent and future scientific studies

Document Type: Article
Keywords: deep sea; hydrothermal vents; microbial diversity; symbioses
Research affiliation: OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-MI Marine Microbiology
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1163/157180809X421789
ISSN: 0927-3522
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2009 12:44
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2019 19:42

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