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hydrothermal vents

A selection of primary literature on the ecology of deep-sea hydrothermal vents in Manus Basin

deep sea, ecology, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceAugust 7, 2012

Deep-sea mining is once again in the news. As Kevin Zelnio frustratingly points out on twitter, news articles often fail to mention the primary research that has been conducted at these sites or make more than a cursory statement concerning their ecology. This has the effect of marginalizing an entire ecosystem and makes it difficult […]

VentBase – securing the conservation of deep-sea hydrothermal vent ecosystems

Challenging the Conventional Narrative, Conservation, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceApril 16, 2012

As a marine biologists just beginning my deep-sea education, conservation as a priority was an alien concept. The deep sea was the last true wilderness, distant and alien, impossibly difficult to access. We knew that exploitation was coming, companies had been exploring the potential of deep-sea mining for decades, but they always seemed to be […]

Updates from the Deep: New and Noteworthy in Hydrothermal Vent Research

Conservation, deep sea, ecology, evolution, marine science, Natural Science, oceanography, ScienceJanuary 10, 2012

From hairy-chested yeti crabs to the deepest known fields, hydrothermal vents have been enjoying a bit of science celebrity in the last few weeks. Beneath the headlines, there has been an eruption of vent-related research published in the scientific literature and some exciting new expeditions just left port. The Discovery of New Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vent Communities in […]

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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