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This book collects together multidisciplinary chapters on the most important problems that arise at mid-ocean ridges. The mid-ocean ridge system is the longest continuous feature of the earth's surface, at which the great majority of ocean floor is created, and volumes of seafloor volcanism vastly exceed those on land. It provides the means for much of the heat loss from the interior of the earth. Chemicals as well as heat are extracted by flowing seawater through the rocks of the seafloor, leading to spectacular areas of hydrothermal venting, affecting ocean chemistry and global climate. The chapters range from studies of the mantle and magma generation within it, through tectonics of mid-ocean ridges, to the physical, chemical and biological dynamics of hydrothermal systems. The book will be of importance to specialists and researchers wishing to become informed of the latest developments in the science of mid-ocean ridges. It will prove especially useful for new scientists entering the field.

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‘ … this is a historic document that also contains some potentially timeless gems - and so I recommend it.’

C. R. German Source: Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology

‘The papers in the book span a huge range of subjects … each providing up-to-date yet relatively accessible overviews of their particular aspect of the science of mid-ocean ridges. The papers appear uniformly excellent, and some … are likely to become classic works’.

C. J. MacLeod Source: Geoscientist

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Contents

  • Seafloor eruptions and evolution of hydrothermal fluid chemistry
    pp 153-170
    • By D. A. Butterfield, Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA, I. R. Jonasson, Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, G. J. Massoth, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Seattle, WA 98115, USA, R. A. Feely, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Seattle, WA 98115, USA, K. K. Roe, Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA, R. E. Embley, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Newport, OR 97365, USA, J. F. Holden, School of Oceanography, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA, R. E. McDuff, School of Oceanography, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA, M. D. Lilley, School of Oceanography, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA, J. R. Delaney, School of Oceanography, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA

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