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Trace Metal Biogeochemistry and Ecology of Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vent Systems

  • Liudmila L. Demina
  • Sergey V. Galkin
  • A comprehensive review

  • Written by experts

  • Richly illustrated throughout


Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 50)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Sergey V. Galkin, Liudmila L. Demina
    Pages 1-8
  3. Liudmila L. Demina, Sergey V. Galkin
    Pages 123-141
  4. Magnus Ivarsson, N. G. Holm, A. Neubeck
    Pages 143-166
  5. Liudmila L. Demina, Sergey V. Galkin
    Pages 195-205
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 207-210

About this book


This volume synthesizes the relevant data that is fundamental to our understanding of trace metal biogeochemistry and the ecology of biological communities of deep-sea vent systems. It presents the combined results of biological and geochemical research and analyzes the microdistribution of animals and the spatial structure of vent communities. Careful consideration is given to the export of iron and other trace metals from hydrothermal vents. The environmental conditions to be found in deep-sea hydrothermal community habitats, along with the trace metal behavior in biotope water are characterized and the sources and forms of trace metals taken up by dominant hydrothermal vent animals are discussed. Special attention is paid to the poorly investigated deep biosphere of the sub-seafloor igneous crust. The book is illustrated with a wealth of exceptional deep-sea photos taken by the manned submersible “Mir”, and a dedicated chapter focuses on the role of deep manned submersibles in ocean research. The book will be of interest to researchers and students in the fields of oceanography, geochemistry, biology, the environmental sciences and marine ecology.


Marine ecology Deep-sea hydrothermal biotopes Hydrothermal vent communities Hydrothermal vent mussels Trace metal distribution Hydrothermal vent organisms Deep-sea biosphere Hydrothermal vent ecosystem Mir Manned submersibles

Editors and affiliations

  • Liudmila L. Demina
    • 1
  • Sergey V. Galkin
    • 2
  1. 1.P.P. Shirshov Institute of OceanoloRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.P.P. Shirshov Institute of OceanoloRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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