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By George A. Knox

First released in 1993, The Biology of the Southern Ocean has been often called foreign examine at its most sensible and a useful reference. Drawing at the enormous quantity of knowledge released within the final ten years, this moment variation keeps the layout that made the 1st version a favored bestseller, whereas updating the knowledge with the newest examine effects to be had.

The ebook starts off with an outline of the physico-chemical atmosphere and, in a logical series, covers phytoplankton and first construction, the ocean ice microbial groups and the secondary shoppers, the zooplankton. the writer comprises a longer bankruptcy at the biology and ecology of Antarctic krill that highlights its relevant place within the Southern Ocean meals internet. a chain of chapters think of the better shoppers, nekton (with an emphasis on cephalopods) fish, seals, whales, and seabirds. the subsequent chapters discover chosen environment parts; the benthic groups, lifestyles underneath the quick ice and ice cabinets, fresh advances in figuring out decomposition procedures, and the function of micro organism and protozoa.

The writer synthesizes surroundings dynamics, with an emphasis at the pelagic environment. He covers source exploitation, the effect of such exploitation at the marine environment, and the issues occupied with the administration of the residing assets. His epilogue summarizes the level to which our knowing of the functioning of the Antarctic marine environment has replaced within the final 50 years; for instance, there was a dramatic switch in our view of krill and its position within the Southern Ocean marine atmosphere. The ebook concludes with the assertion that learn performed less than the AGCS Programme and the medical Committee on Antarctic learn (SCAR) will proceed to supply serious details at the functioning of Antarctic marine ecosystems.

Intended for all people with an ongoing curiosity in Antarctic study, conservation, and administration, this quantity represents probably the most authoritative assets within the box because it covers all facets of this significant marine ecosystem.

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