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hydrothermal vents

Rumors from the Abyss: visions of a future without deep sea conservation

Conservation, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, Science, State of the FieldJuly 6, 2011

The deep benthos is simultaneously the largest and least explored ecosystem on the planet. Covering nearly 60% of the Earth’s surface, it supports an almost unimaginable reservoir of biodiversity, rivaling all terrestrial habitats combined. Its microbial and metabolic diversity have revolutionized our view of how life is sustained, not once, but twice (first with the […]

Why conserve deep-sea hydrothermal vents?

ConservationJanuary 3, 2011

Of all the questions I am asked as a deep-sea biologist, the hardest to answer is “why conserve deep-sea hydrothermal vents?” Sure there are the classic canards of economics (vents produce valuable minerals) and biotechnology (vents house unique organisms that may produce useful pharmaceutical or technological products) but these are hollow, belie a conservation ethic […]

Interridge code of conduct for resposible research at hydrothermal vents

Conservation, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceJuly 29, 2010

The following is a repost from the old Southern Fried Science WordPress blog. The original can be found here. InterRidge, a global organization of hydrothermal vent biologists, has, over the last several years, established a set of guidelines for responsible research practices at deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Along with many scientists, several nations and commercial organizations […]

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