Cold-Water Corals

The Biology and Geology of Deep-Sea Coral Habitats

Cold-Water Corals

There are more coral species in deep, cold-waters than in tropical coral reefs. This broad-ranging treatment is the first to synthesise current understanding of all types of cold-water coral, covering their ecology, biology, palaeontology and geology. Beginning with a history of research in the field, the authors describe the approaches needed to study corals in the deep sea. They consider coral habitats created by stony scleractinian as well as octocoral species. The importance of corals as long-lived geological structures and palaeoclimate archives is discussed, in addition to ways in which they can be conserved. Topic boxes explain unfamiliar concepts, and case studies summarize significant studies, coral habitats or particular conservation measures. Written for professionals and students of marine science, this text is enhanced by an extensive glossary, online resources, and a unique collection of color photographs and illustrations of corals and the habitats they form.


 Reviews:

"Four experts have teamed up to assemble the current knowledge on these systems under siege. The result is a book containing a wealth of detailed information and instructive illustrations, spanning all aspects of this wonderful world in the dark ocean."
Jörg Ott, Marine Ecology

"This is an absorbing, well-written, book that does an excellent job of concisely presenting a huge amount of information. It is enhanced by excellent illustrations and figures, a glossary and case studies, as well as online supplementary material... those with an interest in marine science will find it a great addition to their bookshelf."
Owen Jones, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society

'Over half the known coral species in the world's oceans are not in tropical shallow water but in the deep sea at depths greater than 200m. This volume represents a major benchmark in our understanding of deep-water coral habitats and provides a springboard for the continuing studies of these dynamic and biodiverse environments in the deep sea.' Paul Tyler, National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton

'The major merit of this book is both to demonstrate the richness of cold water coral ecosystems and their ecological complexity but also their vulnerability, the gaps in our knowledge and the need to protect them rapidly.' Denis Allemand, Nice-Sophia Antipolis University and Scientific Director of the Centre Scientifique de Monaco

'This is an absorbing, well-written book that does an excellent job of concisely presenting a huge amount of information. It is enhanced by excellent illustrations and figures, a glossary and case studies, as well as online supplementary material … those with an interest in marine science will find it a great addition to their bookshelf.' Bulletin of the British Ecological Society

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