Antarctic Lakes

Paperback | September 14, 2014

byJohanna Laybourn-Parry, Jemma Wadham

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The Antarctic continent carries the greatest diversity of lake environments on the planet: freshwater and saline lakes, tidal freshwater epishelf lakes, lakes on ice shelves and glacier surfaces, and over three hundred subglacial lakes; extraordinary ecosystems that have been separated fromthe atmosphere for up to millions of years. This book provides a unique and cutting edge synthesis of Antarctic limnology, drawing together current knowledge on geomorphology, morphometry, chemistry, community structure and function. It emphasises throughout the value of these near-pristineecosystems as barometers of climate change, showing how responsive and vulnerable they are to the indirect impacts of anthropogenic activity. Antarctic Lakes begins with an introduction to their physical, chemical, and biological characteristics, providing a basis for understanding the subsequent detailed chapters on different lake types, and ends with a chapter considering the application of new technologies to polar limnology as well asidentifying future research directions. This accessible text is suitable for both senior undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in Antarctic and polar limnology, and will also be of broad interest to researchers working in the areas of polar science, microbial ecology (andextremophiles), climatology, glaciology, and astrobiology.

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The Antarctic continent carries the greatest diversity of lake environments on the planet: freshwater and saline lakes, tidal freshwater epishelf lakes, lakes on ice shelves and glacier surfaces, and over three hundred subglacial lakes; extraordinary ecosystems that have been separated fromthe atmosphere for up to millions of years. Th...

Professor Johanna Laybourn-Parry has spent most of her career investigating lakes and aquatic habitats on glaciers in both the Arctic and Antarctic. She has written four books as sole and co-author and co-edited a volume on Polar Lakes and Rivers. She has published 160 plus articles and reviews. She retired as Pro Vice-Chancellor for ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:September 14, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199670501

ISBN - 13:9780199670505

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Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Antarctic Lakes2. Freshwater Lakes3. Saline Lakes4. Epishelf Lakes5. Lakes and Ponds on Glaciers and Ice Shelves6. Subglacial Lakes7. Conclusions and Future Directions