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Unique deep-water ecosystems off the southeastern United States

January 1, 2007

If nothing else, research in deep-sea environments teaches us how little we know about such important and productive habitats. The relatively recent discovery of hydrothermal-vent and cold-seep ecosystems illustrates this paucity of knowledge, and the subsequent explosion of research on these systems is a good example of the impact such concentrated efforts can have on marine sciences (see the March 2007 special issue of Oceanography on InterRidge, and Levin et al., 2007). The recent surge of interest in deep-sea corals is another example of how focused research on a particular subject can result in new perspectives on continental slope biotopes. Although deep-sea corals have been known for over 200 years, they were viewed as somewhat of a novelty, and research on them was sporadic, typically geologic, and usually only documented their occurrences (e.g., Stetson et al., 1962; Neumann et al., 1977; Paull et al., 2000).

Publication Year 2007
Title Unique deep-water ecosystems off the southeastern United States
DOI 10.5670/oceanog.2007.13
Authors Steve W. Ross
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Oceanography
Index ID 70120940
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Coastal and Marine Geology Program