Public awareness of the importance of Antarctic research, particularly in relation to global problems, has increased. This text spans a broad spectrum of Antarctic science from the "ozone hole" to microbiology to the sea ice. The main focus is on the role of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean in the world climate system, for example the formation of sea ice and its relevance to ocean circulation and the the biological pump in relation to CO2 release. The past climate history is revealed by the analysis of ice cores and sediments. Studies of plate tectonics and fossil records reach further back in Earth history. Key words in the biological chapters are krill and the rich Antarctic benthos. Finally, the potential conflict between conservationists, researchers and tourists is discussed.
"There is a deceptively comprehensive wealth of information contained between the covers which will be of interest to almost every polar researcher and to the science world in general." - Antarctic Science
Number Of Pages: 287
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.42