Antarctica, a vast land remote from the other continents and still the least known of them all, provides a unique international laboratory for science. Despite the costs, a growing number of countries are supporting basic scientific research on the continent and in its surrounding seas. Our knowledge of life in this extreme environment, although limited, suggests that it is a key environment for many areas of science. Potential economic developments for food and minerals as well as increasing political complications might jeopardise the present scientific accord in the future. Now is the time to take stock: what do we know about Antarctic ecology? What are the threats and how can they be met? In this volume Antarctic scientists from six countries write about the Antarctic ecosystem.
Of interest to ecologists and environmentalists, and of general interest.
History and exploration in Antarctic Biology, D W H Walton & W N Bonner. Physical geography - climate, H R Phillpot. Physical geography and geological evolution, D H Elliot. Physical geography - soils, G G C Claridge & I B Campbell. Terrestrial habitats - vegetation, R E Longton. Invertebrates, L Somme. Terrestrial habitats - inland waters, J Priddle. Plankton of the Antarctic seas, S Z El-Sayed. Benthos, G B Picken. Antarctic fish, K H Kock. Seals of the Antarctic, W N Bonner. Antarctic whales, R Gambell. Oceanic birds of the Antarctic, W R Siegfried. Penguins, B Stonehouse. The Sub-Antarctic islands, D W H Walton. The Sub-Antarctic islands - introduced mammals, N Leader-Williams. Food webs and interactions: an overview of the Antarctic ecosystem, A Clarke. Conservation and exploitation, B Sage.
- © Pergamon 1985
- 31st May 1985
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@qu:All in all the book is a scientifically accurate and concise account of the Antarctic ecosystem. The international spread of authors, the numerous illustrations, the references to further reading and the quality of most chapters are all highly commendable. The reader is impressed by the importance of the work and by the need for further research.
@qu:...gives a full picture of the Antarctic environment, to set against observations made during the last 20 years of pesticides and other man-made pollutants which have been found, at low levels, in birds and fish generally far from any source of the pollutants. The chapter by Andrew Clarke on food webs is particularly relevant.
@source:Environmental Pollution (Series A), 40
@qu:...the volume is a fine introduction to Antarctic biology. It is very nicely produced, with many photographs and diagrams. It would be a cost-effective addition to the libraries of those wishing to know something about this most interesting part of the world.
@qu:...This book has been published at a very apropriate time, as there is currently a need for an accurate modern account of Antarctic conservation matters.
@source:Polar Record, Volume 23, Number 143
@qu:The information is extensive, fascinating and well illustrated...Certainly any-one interested in antarctic reseach must start with this book.
@source:The Quarterly Review of Biology, Volume 61, Number 4
@qu:It offers a fine review of Antarctic ecosystems in a succinct, readable form. The volume is well produced with clear figures, a good index, and two useful general maps. In all, it is an impressive achievement and a book that will be an important addition to all libraries used by ecologists, biologists, earth scientists, geographers, and college and university students in those disciplines.