The biology of hydrothermal vent animals: physiology, biochemistry, and autotrophic symbioses

J. J. Childress, C. R. Fisher

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Abstract

Deep-sea hydrothermal vents are short-lived habitats dominated by temperatures much warmer than those of the surrounding deep-sea and characterized by a highly toxic chemistry. A major theme of this review is the physiological and biochemical attributes of the vent chemoautotrophic symbioses, and the integration of these attributes in the functioning associations. The authors consider the characteristics of the vent environment in the context of the dynamic nature of the water flows which support these habitats. Subsequent sections review the major areas where information concerning the physiology and biochemistry of vent animals is available. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-441
Number of pages105
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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