According to Springer, the book is "presented in an accessible, user-friendly format, this atlas sets out all the major features revealed during one of the largest ever deep-sea mapping campaigns. A unique insight into the morphology of the seabed along the continental margin of the North-East Atlantic, it reveals for the first time many features that have hitherto been hidden beneath the waves. It is organised both thematically and by region, with the sea floor and its biological hotspots – areas of high biodiversity such as seamounts – shown at a resolution not possible before. The atlas presents everything from submarine canyons to coral carbonate mounds, using digital terrain models generated from multibeam data and photographs taken from unmanned deep-water vehicles (ROVs).
The full-colour imagery includes digital three-dimensional seabed maps as well as the photographs, with concise text descriptions and topic boxes used to highlight and explain the geological, biological and hydrographical features, in addition to their importance and context in the deep-sea realm. Alongside the wealth of background information and topic boxes on special highlights, extensive on-line resources link the reader to full data sets and GIS locations, while suggestions for further reading point to ongoing research highlights. This is a fascinating resource that will be of use to anyone involved in off-shore and underwater activities, whether scientific or commercial."
View of the Gollum Channel, the largest marine channel system in Europe, situated on the Porcupine Seabight, off the southwest coast of Ireland. (Reference: Fig 7.22 "Gollum Channel" p. 59 Dorschel, B. et al (2010) "Atlas of the Deep-Water Seabed: Ireland" Springer.
View of corals, brinsingid sea stars, brittle stars, sponges living on sheer cliff faces called escarpments on the eastern Rockall Bank, about 400 km NW of Erris Head, Co. Mayo. Reference: Fig 9.7 "Fauna on the upper slope of an escarpment on the eastern Rockall Bank." p. 82 Dorschel, B. et al (2010) "Atlas of the Deep-Water Seabed: Ireland" Springer. Imagery from the 2009 Offshore Geogenic Reef Mapping Project are provided courtesy of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, and the Marine Institute and Geological Survey of Ireland as part of INFOMAR.
2. Thematic Atlas
3. Regional Atlas
4. Going Deeper
Photograph of the authors of the Atlas with Mr. Conor Lenihan, T.D., second from left (R to L): Dr. Boris Dorschel (UCC), Dr. Andy Wheeler (UCC) and Xavi Monteys (GSI). Missing from photograph is the fourth author Koen Verbruggen (GSI). Photograph credit: Courtesy of Marine Institute
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