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Title: Biodiversity of Cold Seep Ecosystems Along the European Margins
Author: Vanreusel, A
Andersen, AC
Boetius, A
Connelly, D
Cunha, MR
Decker, C
Hilario, A
Kormas, KA
Maignien, L
Olu, K
Pachiadaki, M
Ritt, B
Rodrigues, C
Sarrazin, J
Tyler, P
Van Gaever, S
Vanneste, H
Keywords: Hakon Mosby mud volacno
Gulf of Mexico
Gulf of Cadiz
Deep-sea fan
Community structure
Microbial communities
Fluid flow
Mediterranean Sea
Carbonate crusts
Norwegian Sea
Issue Date: Mar-2009
Publisher: Oceanography Society
Abstract: During the European Commission's Framework Six Programme, HERMES, we investigated three main areas along the European margin, each characterized by the presence of seep-related structures exhibiting different intensity of activity and biological diversity. These areas are: (1) the Nordic margin with the Hakon Mosby mud volcano and many pockmarks, (2) the Gulf of Cadiz, and (3) the eastern Mediterranean with its hundreds of mud volcanoes and brine pool structures. One of the main goals of the HERMES project was to unravel the biodiversity associated with these seep-associated ecosystems, and to understand their driving forces and functions, using an integrated approach. Several multidisciplinary research cruises to these three areas provided evidence of high variability in ecosystem processes and associated biodiversity at different spatial scales, illustrating the "hotspot" nature of these deep water systems.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.5670/oceanog.2009.12
ISSN: 1042-8275
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