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Opis: The Ecology of Snow and Ice Environments - Andrew J. Hodson, Martyn Tranter, Johanna Laybourn-Parry

Snow and ice environments support significant biological activity, yet the biological importance of some of these habitats, such as glaciers, has only recently gained appreciation. Collectively, these ecosystems form a significant part of the cryosphere, most of which is situated at high latitudes. These ice environments are important sentinels of climate change since the polar regions are presently undergoing the highest rates of climate warming, resulting in very marked changes in the extent of ice caps, glaciers, and the sea ice. Glacial systems are also regarded as an analogue for astrobiology, particularly for Mars and the moons of Jupiter (e.g. Europa), and one of the justifications for research in this area is its potential value in astrobiology. This timely and accessible volume draws together the current knowledge on life in snow and ice environments. It describes these often complex and often productive ecosystems, their physical and chemical conditions, and the nature and activity of the organisms that have colonised them. The cryosphere is the domain of extremophiles, organisms able to adapt to the physiological and biochemical challenges of harsh cold conditions where liquid water may only be present for relatively short periods each year. The majority of extremophiles in ice and snow are microorganisms. The Ecology of Snow and Ice Environments is intended for the non-specialist, enabling environmental scientists to understand the biological functioning of extreme cold environments and for biologists to gain knowledge of the nature of the cryosphere. This is a superbly detailed account of how extremophiles cope with cold environments ... should be in the library Bulletin of the British Ecological SocietyPreface ; 1. An introduction to ice environments and their biology ; 2. Snow ; 3. Ice surface environments ; 4. Sea and lake ice ; 5. Sub-glacial environments ; 6. Astrobiology ; 7. Future directions ; Glossary ; References ; Index


Szczegóły: The Ecology of Snow and Ice Environments - Andrew J. Hodson, Martyn Tranter, Johanna Laybourn-Parry

Tytuł: The Ecology of Snow and Ice Environments
Autor: Andrew J. Hodson, Martyn Tranter, Johanna Laybourn-Parry
Producent: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199583089
Rok produkcji: 2012
Ilość stron: 192
Oprawa: Miękka
Waga: 0.46 kg


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The Ecology of Snow and Ice Environments

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Snow and ice environments support significant biological activity, yet the biological importance of some of these habitats, such as glaciers, has only recently gained appreciation. Collectively, these ecosystems form a significant part of the cryosphere, most of which is situated at high latitudes. These ice environments are important sentinels of climate change since the polar regions are presently undergoing the highest rates of climate warming, resulting in very marked changes in the extent of ice caps, glaciers, and the sea ice. Glacial systems are also regarded as an analogue for astrobiology, particularly for Mars and the moons of Jupiter (e.g. Europa), and one of the justifications for research in this area is its potential value in astrobiology. This timely and accessible volume draws together the current knowledge on life in snow and ice environments. It describes these often complex and often productive ecosystems, their physical and chemical conditions, and the nature and activity of the organisms that have colonised them. The cryosphere is the domain of extremophiles, organisms able to adapt to the physiological and biochemical challenges of harsh cold conditions where liquid water may only be present for relatively short periods each year. The majority of extremophiles in ice and snow are microorganisms. The Ecology of Snow and Ice Environments is intended for the non-specialist, enabling environmental scientists to understand the biological functioning of extreme cold environments and for biologists to gain knowledge of the nature of the cryosphere. This is a superbly detailed account of how extremophiles cope with cold environments ... should be in the library Bulletin of the British Ecological SocietyPreface ; 1. An introduction to ice environments and their biology ; 2. Snow ; 3. Ice surface environments ; 4. Sea and lake ice ; 5. Sub-glacial environments ; 6. Astrobiology ; 7. Future directions ; Glossary ; References ; Index

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Szczegóły: The Ecology of Snow and Ice Environments - Andrew J. Hodson, Martyn Tranter, Johanna Laybourn-Parry

Tytuł: The Ecology of Snow and Ice Environments
Autor: Andrew J. Hodson, Martyn Tranter, Johanna Laybourn-Parry
Producent: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199583089
Rok produkcji: 2012
Ilość stron: 192
Oprawa: Miękka
Waga: 0.46 kg


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