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Microplastic pollution in deep-sea sediments.
It is shown for the first time ever, that microplastics have indeed reached the most remote of marine environments: the deep sea, and microplastic pollution has spread throughout the world's seas and oceans. Expand
Biological structures as a source of habitat heterogeneity and biodiversity on the deep ocean margins
The structural attributes and biotic effects of the habitats that corals, sea pens, sponges and xenophyophores offer other organisms and the biotic structures they create to habitat heterogeneity and diversity on the deep continental margins are highlighted. Expand
Deep, diverse and definitely different: unique attributes of the world's largest ecosystem
Abstract. The deep sea, the largest biome on Earth, has a series of characteristics that make this environment both distinct from other marine and land ecosystems and unique for the entire planet.Expand
Threatened by mining, polymetallic nodules are required to preserve abyssal epifauna
Surveys conducted along tracks from trawling or experimental mining simulations up to 37 years old suggest that the removal of epifauna is almost complete and that its full recovery is slow, highlighting the importance of nodules for the epifaunal biodiversity of this abyssal area. Expand
Meiobenthos at the Arctic Håkon Mosby Mud Volcano, with a parental-caring nematode thriving in sulphide-rich sediments
Hakon Mosby Mud Volcano (HMMV, SW Barents Sea slope, 1280 m) is one of the numerous cold methane-venting seeps existing along the continental margins. Analyses of video- guided core samples revealedExpand
Exponential Decline of Deep-Sea Ecosystem Functioning Linked to Benthic Biodiversity Loss
This study provides scientific evidence that the conservation of deep-sea biodiversity is a priority for a sustainable functioning of the worlds' oceans and suggests that mutually positive functional interactions can be common in the largest biome of the authors' biosphere. Expand
Meiobenthos of the Deep Northeast Atlantic
This chapter throws the attention on the meiobenthos of the deep northeast Atlantic. The main purpose of this chapter is to summarize new results from an area lying between 15°N and 53°N andExpand
First insights into the biodiversity and biogeography of the Southern Ocean deep sea
New data from recent sampling expeditions in the deep Weddell Sea and adjacent areas reveal high levels of new biodiversity, challenging suggestions that deep-sea diversity is depressed in the Southern Ocean and providing a basis for exploring the evolutionary significance of the varied biogeographic patterns observed in this remote environment. Expand
Meiobenthos of the central Arctic Ocean with special emphasis on the nematode community structure
The dominant nematode genus was Monhystera, a detrivorous/bacterivorous deposit feeder, suggesting that bacteria may play an important role in the food web of the meiobenthos in the Central Arctic. Expand
Nematode diversity and its relation to the quantity and quality of sedimentary organic matter in the deep Nazaré Canyon, Western Iberian Margin
The harsh conditions in terms of hydrodynamic disturbance and the high organic matter flux are likely to have a negative impact on the establishment of species rich meiobenthic communities, especially in the canyon axis. Expand