Series: Ecosystems of the World

The purpose of this distinguished book series is to describe the structure and functioning of all major types of ecosystem, whether aquatic or terrestrial, natural or subject to human influence - in some cases virtually man-made (like greenhouses, fishponds, or intensive animal production). The subjects covered by Ecosystems Of The World are divided by ecosystem types or biomes, so that each volume covers that type on a world-wide basis. For each volume, one or more specialists in the field have been appointed as editors, and they in turn have assembled specialist writers from all around the world to contribute chapters. The result is a series of volumes that will serve as a basic source of ecological knowledge and reference for many years. Each volume contains high quality subject, species and author indexes for ease of reference. Ecosystems of the World will appeal to biologists, ecologists, conservationists and land managers throughout the world. For further details and contents listings for individual volumes please select links below: Series URL: [](
Book Series: Ecosystems of the Deep Oceans

Most recent volume

Volume 28. Ecosystems of the Deep Oceans

Editor: P.A. Tyler
This volume examines the deep sea ecosystem from a variety of perspectives. The initial chapters examine the deep-sea floor, the deep pelagic environment and the more specialised chemosynthetic environments of hydrothermal vents and cold seeps. These environments are examined from the perspective of the relationship of deep-sea animals to their physico-chemical environment.

Later chapters examine the biogeography of the main deep oceans (Atlantic, Pacific and Indian) with particular attention to the downward flux of surface-derived organic matter and how this drives the processes within the deep-sea ecosystem. The peripheral deep seas including the polar seas and the marginal deep seas (inter alia the Mediterranean, Red, Caribbean and Okhotsk seas) are explored in the same context. The final chapters examine the processes occurring in the deep sea and include an analysis of why the deep sea has high species diversity, how the fauna respond to organic input and how species have adapted reproductive activity in the deep sea. The volume concludes with an analysis of the anthropogenic impact on the deep sea.

Additional volumes

Volume 16. Ecosystems of Disturbed Ground

Author: L.R. Walker

Volume 6. Coniferous Forests

Published: 2nd December 2005 Editor: F.A. Andersson

Tropical Rain Forest Ecosystems

Published: 1st May 1989 Editors: H. Lieth M.J.A. Werger