Shallow-water hydrothermal vents are widespread ecosystems that have been previously understudied compared to their deep-sea counterparts, despite the fact that these systems were known long before the discovery of the deep-sea vents on the Galapagos Rift in 1977 (a review on this written in collaboration with Roy Price – SUNY – should come out soon, stay tuned). In the past decade the number of published papers dealing with shallow-water hydrothermal systems has increased constantly, giving finally the deserved attention to these amazing systems.
In collaboration with Costantino Vetriani, Chris German and Wolfgang Bach we have organized a session at the upcoming Goldschmidt 2017 in Paris (Session 15b) entitled “Hydrothermal Biogeochemistry and Geobiology – Convenors: Christopher German, Wolfgang Bach, Costantino Vetriani, Donato Giovannelli”.
We welcome contributions on the biogeochemistry and geobiology of hydrothermal systems including shallow-water and deep-sea vents. The session is open also to comparative studies ranging from continental geothermal studies to putative submarine venting beyond Earth. Please see the complete description of the session at https://goldschmidt.info/2017/program/programViewThemes#session_270_2470 . We believed that a session bridging between the deep-sea and shallow-water community was much needed, and we hope that the session will encompass the diversity of hydrothermal systems studied so far.