Cold-Water Corals and Ecosystems (Erlangen Earth Conference by Andre Freiwald (Editor)

By Andre Freiwald (Editor)

Following the fascinating exploration of sizzling vent and chilly seep ecosystems, the rediscovery of cold-water coral ecosystems with high-technology instrumentation is presently one other sizzling subject in multidisciplinary marine learn. Conventionally, coral reefs are considered as constrained to hot and well-illuminated tropical seas, no longer linked to chilly and darkish waters of upper latitudes. although, ongoing medical missions have make clear the worldwide value of this neglected environment. Cold-water coral ecosystems are inquisitive about the formation of huge seabed constructions equivalent to reefs and gigantic carbonate mounds, they usually symbolize unexploited paleo-environmental records of earth heritage. Like their tropical cousins, cold-water coral ecosystems harbour wealthy species variety. regardless of the good water depths, advertisement pursuits overlap a growing number of with the coral occurrences. Human actions already impinge without delay on cold-water coral reefs inflicting critical! harm to this weak atmosphere. during this quantity, the present key associations fascinated with cold-water coral study have contributed sixty two state of the art articles from geology and oceanography to biology and conservation.

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H. Martin Willison School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 3J5, Canada Max Wisshak Institute of Paleontology, Erlangen University, Loewenichstr. 28, D-91054 Erlangen, Germany George A. A. 27-40 James L. Goedert, Jörn Peckmann Growth, deposition, and facies of Pleistocene bathyal coral communities from Rhodes, Greece 41-59 Jürgen Titschack, André Freiwald Enhanced biodiversity in the deep: Early Pleistocene coral communities from southern Italy 61-86 Italo Di Geronimo, Carlo Messina, Antonietta Rosso, Rossana Sanfilippo, Francesco Sciuto, Agostina Vertino Sedimentary patterns in the vicinity of a carbonate mound in the Hovland Mound Province, northern Porcupine Seabight 87-112 Andres Rüggeberg, Boris Dorschel, Wolf-Christian Dullo, Dierk Hebbeln Deep-water corals of the northeastern Atlantic margin: carbonate mound evolution and upper intermediate water ventilation during the Holocene Norbert Frank, Audrey Lutringer, Martine Paterne, Dominique Blamart, Jean-Pierre Henriet, David van Rooij, Tjeerd C.

Control mechanisms Biological factors, such as larval recruitment strategies, surely influenced the distributional patterns of sessile metazoans in the Danish basin during the DanianMaastrichtian. However, these factors are too speculative to be used as control factors in the fossil benthic communities of the Danish basin. The complex distributional pattern of Maastrichtian-Danian bryozoans and corals suggests that changing environmental parameters of different magnitude influenced the metazoans.

S. Geological Survey, 384 Woods Hole Road, Woods Hole, MA 02543, USA Owen A. Sherwood Centre for Marine Geology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4J1, Canada Astrid J. Scholz Ecotrust, 721 NW Ninth Avenue, Portland, OR 97209, USA Geoff Shester Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, Stanford University, USA William W. Schroeder Marine Science Program, University of Alabama, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dauphin Island, AL 36528, USA Andrea Schröder-Ritzrau Heidelberg Academy of Sciences, Im Neuenheimer Feld 229, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany Francesco Sciuto Dipartimento di Scienze Geologiche, Università di Catania, Corso Italia 55, I-95129 Catania, Italy Daniel J.

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