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  • Cindy Lee Van Dover

    Published by Princeton University Press, 2000

    ISBN 10: 0691049297ISBN 13: 9780691049298

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    Condition: New. 2000. 1st Edition. Paperback. Explains what is known about hydrothermal systems in terms of their deep-sea environment and their geological and chemical makeup. This book explores the possibility that life originated at hydrothermal vents, a hypothesis that has had impact on our ideas about the potential for life on other planets or planetary bodies in our solar system. Num Pages: 448 pages, 4 pages of color plates, 28 halftones, 158 line illus., 30 tables. BIC Classification: PSAF; PSVT; PSVW; RBKC. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational; (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 233 x 158 x 26. Weight in Grams: 656. . . . . .

  • Cindy Lee Van Dover

    Published by Princeton University Press, New Jersey, 2000

    ISBN 10: 0691049297ISBN 13: 9780691049298

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    Paperback. Condition: new. Paperback. Teeming with weird and wonderful life--giant clams and mussels, tubeworms, "eyeless" shrimp, and bacteria that survive on sulfur--deep-sea hot-water springs are found along rifts where sea-floor spreading occurs. The theory of plate tectonics predicted the existence of these hydrothermal vents, but they were discovered only in 1977. Since then the sites have attracted teams of scientists seeking to understand how life can thrive in what would seem to be intolerable or extreme conditions of temperature and fluid chemistry. Some suspect that these vents even hold the key to understanding the very origins of life. Here a leading expert provides the first authoritative and comprehensive account of this research in a book intended for students, professionals, and general readers. Cindy Lee Van Dover, an ecologist, brings nearly two decades of experience and a lively writing style to the text, which is further enhanced by two hundred illustrations, including photographs of vent communities taken in situ. The book begins by explaining what is known about hydrothermal systems in terms of their deep-sea environment and their geological and chemical makeup.The coverage of microbial ecology includes a chapter on symbiosis.Symbiotic relationships are further developed in a section on physiological ecology, which includes discussions of adaptations to sulfide, thermal tolerances, and sensory adaptations. Separate chapters are devoted to trophic relationships and reproductive ecology. A chapter on community dynamics reveals what has been learned about the ways in which vent communities become established and why they persist, while a chapter on evolution and biogeography examines patterns of species diversity and evolutionary relationships within chemosynthetic ecosystems. Cognate communities such as seeps and whale skeletons come under scrutiny for their ability to support microbial and invertebrate communities that are ecologically and evolutionarily related to hydrothermal faunas. The book concludes by exploring the possibility that life originated at hydrothermal vents, a hypothesis that has had tremendous impact on our ideas about the potential for life on other planets or planetary bodies in our solar system. The theory of plate tectonics predicted the existence of hydrothermal vents, but they were not discovered until 1977. Since then the sites have attracted teams of scientists seeking to understand how life can thrive in what would seem to be intolerable or extreme conditions of temperature and fluid chemistry. This is an account of this research. Shipping may be from our UK warehouse or from our Australian or US warehouses, depending on stock availability.