Living at Extremes

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Science  04 Aug 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5480, pp. 730-731
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5480.730

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The Ecology of Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents. Cindy Lee Van Dover. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2000. 444 pp. $85, £53.50. ISBN 0-691-05780-X. Paper, $39.50, £24.95. ISBN 0-691-04929-7.

Targeting her fairly comprehensive overview at a broad audience, van Dover explores biological, chemical, geological, and evolutionary aspects of a luxuriant ecosystem based on geochemical energy rather than sunlight.