Whale-fall ecosystems: recent insights into ecology, paleoecology, and evolution.

@article{Smith2015WhalefallER,
  title={Whale-fall ecosystems: recent insights into ecology, paleoecology, and evolution.},
  author={C. R. Smith and A. Glover and T. Treude and Nicholas D. Higgs and Diva J. Amon},
  journal={Annual review of marine science},
  year={2015},
  volume={7},
  pages={
          571-96
        }
}
Whale falls produce remarkable organic- and sulfide-rich habitat islands at the seafloor. The past decade has seen a dramatic increase in studies of modern and fossil whale remains, yielding exciting new insights into whale-fall ecosystems. Giant body sizes and especially high bone-lipid content allow great-whale carcasses to support a sequence of heterotrophic and chemosynthetic microbial assemblages in the energy-poor deep sea. Deep-sea metazoan communities at whale falls pass through a… Expand
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