The Vent and Seep Biota

Aspects from Microbes to Ecosystems

  • Steffen Kiel

Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 33)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Steffen Kiel, Paul A. Tyler
    Pages 1-14
  3. John D. Taylor, Emily A. Glover
    Pages 107-135
  4. Takenori Sasaki, Anders Warén, Yasunori Kano, Takashi Okutani, Katsunori Fujikura
    Pages 169-254
  5. Steffen Kiel
    Pages 255-277
  6. Erik E. Cordes, Stéphane Hourdez, Harry H. Roberts
    Pages 315-331
  7. Hiromi Watanabe, Katsunori Fujikura, Shigeaki Kojima, Jun-Ichi Miyazaki, Yoshihiro Fujiwara
    Pages 379-401
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 485-487

About this book


Oases of life around black smokers and hydrocarbon seeps in the deep-sea were among the most surprising scientific discoveries of the past three decades. These ecosystems are dominated by animals having symbiotic relationships with chemoautotrophic bacteria. Their study developed into an international, interdisciplinary venture where scientists develop new technologies to work in some of the most extreme places on Earth. This book highlights discoveries, developments, and advances made during the past 10 years, including remarkable cases of host-symbiont coevolution, worms living on frozen methane, and a fossil record providing insights into the dynamic history of these ecosystems since the Paleozoic.


Deep-sea Fossil record Geomicrobiology Marine Biology Symbiosis marine microbe

Editors and affiliations

  • Steffen Kiel
    • 1
  1. 1., Institut für GeowissenschaftenChristian-Albrechts-Universität KielKielGermany

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