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Marine Hydrocarbon Seeps

Microbiology and Biogeochemistry of a Global Marine Habitat

  • Andreas Teske
  • Verena Carvalho

Part of the Springer Oceanography book series (SPRINGEROCEAN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Gunter Wegener, Katrin Knittel, Gerhard Bohrmann, Florence Schubotz
    Pages 101-123
  3. Konstantinos Ar. Kormas, Alexandra Meziti
    Pages 143-148
  4. Andreas Teske, Verena Carvalho
    Pages 149-171
  5. Dirk de Beer, Timothy Ferdelman, Barbara J. MacGregor, Andreas Teske, Charles A. Schutte
    Pages 173-181

About this book


This book provides an up-to-date overview of the microbiology, biogeochemistry, and ecology of marine hydrocarbon seeps, a globally occurring habitat for specialized microorganisms and invertebrates that depend on natural hydrocarbon seepage as a food and energy source. Prominent examples include the briny hydrocarbon seeps and mud volcanoes on the continental slope of the Gulf of Mexico and in the Mediterranean, the hydrothermally heated hydrocarbon seeps at Guaymas Basin (Mexico), and the oil and gas seeps off the coast of California and in the Gulf of Mexico. Featuring topical chapters by leading researchers in the area, the book describes geological settings, chemical characteristics of hydrocarbon seepage, hydrocarbon-dependent microbial populations, and ecosystem structure and trophic networks at hydrocarbon seeps. Further, it also discusses applied aspects such as bioremediation potential (oil-degrading microorganisms).


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Editors and affiliations

  • Andreas Teske
    • 1
  • Verena Carvalho
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Marine SciencesUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.Max Planck Institute for Marine MicrobiologyBremenGermany

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