Hydrothermal Vents and Methane Seeps: Rethinking the Sphere of Influence

Lisa A. Levin, Amy R. Baco, David A. Bowden, Ana Colaco, Erik E. Cordes, Marina R. Cunha, Amanda W. J. Demopoulos, Judith Gobin, Benjamin M. Grupe, Jennifer Le, Anna Metaxas, Amanda N. Netburn (+6 others)
2016 Frontiers in Marine Science  
create links to surrounding ecosystems, often with identifiable ecotones or successional stages. The nature of all these interactions is dependent on water depth, as well as regional oceanography and biodiversity. Many ecosystem services are associated with the interactions and transitions between chemosynthetic and background ecosystems, for example carbon cycling and sequestration, fisheries production, and a host of non-market and cultural services. The quantification of the sphere of
more » ... he sphere of influence of vents and seeps could be beneficial to better management of deep-sea environments in the face of growing industrialization.
doi:10.3389/fmars.2016.00072 fatcat:r7rqr2wwzjfhhauqf7dywviv7u