Research in Antarctica in the past two decades has fundamentally changed our perceptions of the southern continent. This volume describes typical terrestrial environments of the maritime and continental Antarctic. Life and chemical processes are restricted to small ranges of ambient temperature, availability of water and nutrients. This is reflected not only in life processes, but also in those of weathering and pedogenesis. The volume focuses on interactions between plants, animals and soils. It includes aspects of climate change, soil development and biology, as well as above- and below-ground results of interdisciplinary research projects combining data from botany, zoology, microbiology, pedology, and soil ecology.
Antarctic Coastal Landscapes: Characteristics, Ecology and Research.- Maritime and Continental Antarctic: The Sites of Investigation in Context.- King George Island - South Shetland Islands, Maritime Antarctic.- Windmill Islands - Wilkes Land, Continental Antarctic.- Ongul Islands - Dronning Maud Land, Continental Antarctic.- Glacial Changes in the Areas of Admiralty Bay and Potter Cove, King George Island, Maritime Antarctica.- Soils and Soil Scapes.- Weathering and Soil Formation.- Refractory Soil Organic Matter - Accumulation, Transformation and Translocation.- Ornithogenic Ecosystems in the Maritime Antarctic - Formation, Development and Disintegration.- Heterotrophic Soil Microbes, Microbial and Enzymatic Activity.- Plant Communities at King George Island.- Plant Communities at Windmill Islands.- Plant Communities at Dronning Maud Land.- Soil Fauna of Antarctic Coastal Landscapes.- Soils as Habitats for Microorganisms.- Ecological Classification of Terrestrial Algal Communites etc.
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