The biology of polar regions

The biology of polar regions

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There is now an increased awareness of the importance of polar regions in the Earth system, as well as their vulnerability to anthropogenic derived change, including of course global climate change. This new edition offers a concise but comprehensive introduction to polar ecology and has been thoroughly revised and updated throughout, providing expanded coverage of marine ecosystems and the impact of humans. It incorporates a detailed comparison of the Arctic and Antarctic systems, with a particular emphasis on the effects of climate change, and describes marine, freshwater, glacial, and terrestrial habitats. This breadth of coverage is unique in the polar biology literature. As with other titles in the Biology of Habitats Series, particular emphasis is placed on the organisms that dominate these extreme environments although pollution, conservation and experimental aspects are also considered. This accessible text is suitable for both senior undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in polar ecology, often as part of a wider marine biology degree program. It will also be of value and use to the many professional ecologists and conservation biologists requiring a concise overview of the topic.Refuge continues but the promises from the oil industry of minimal environmental damage are not convincing in the light of the damage already caused in the Arctic. ... to the Pacific, make it certain that Arctic Russia will be a dominant player in future energy supply (Krajick 2007). ... old pipelines, and poor maintenance, and huge areas of tundra contaminated by spills from broken pipes and leaking valvesanbsp;...

Title:The biology of polar regions
Author:David Neville Thomas, Gordon Elliott Fogg
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 2008


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