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Author David, Bruno, author

Title Biodiversity of the Southern Ocean / Bruno David, Thomas Sauc├Ęde
Published London : ISTE Press, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 116 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Introduction ; Chapter 1: A brief history of exploration and discovery ; Chapter 2: The Southern Ocean and its environment: a world of extremes ; Chapter 3: The Ocean through time ; Chapter 4: Southern Ocean biogeography and communities ; Chapter 5: History of biodiversity in the Southern Ocean ; Chapter 6: Adaptation of organisms ; Chapter 7: Projections into the future ; Appendix
Summary The Southern Ocean surrounding the Antarctic continent is vast, in particular, its history, its isolation, and climate, making it a unique "laboratory case" for experimental evolution, adaptation and ecology. Its evolutionary history of adaptation provide a wealth of information on the functioning of the biosphere and its potential. The Southern Ocean is the result of a history of nearly 40 million years marked by the opening of the Straits south of Australia and South America and intense cooling. The violence of its weather, its very low temperatures, the formation of huge ice-covered areas, as its isolation makes the Southern Ocean a world apart. This book discusses the consequences for the evolution, ecology and biodiversity of the region, including endemism, slowed metabolism, longevity, gigantism, and its larval stages; features which make this vast ocean a "natural laboratory" for exploring the ecological adaptive processes, scalable to work in extreme environmental conditions. Today, biodiversity of the Southern Ocean is facing global change, particularly in regional warming and acidification of water bodies. Unable to migrate further south, how will she cope, if any, to visitors from the North?
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 105-114) and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed December 3, 2015)
Subject Climatic changes -- Antarctic Ocean.
Extreme environments -- Antarctic Ocean.
Marine biodiversity -- Antarctic Ocean.
Marine ecology -- Antarctic Ocean.
Marine organisms -- Adaptation -- Cold regions.
Form Electronic book
Author Sauc├Ęde, Thomas, author
ISBN 0081004850 (electronic bk.)
1785480472 (electronic bk.)
9780081004852 (electronic bk.)
9781785480478 (electronic bk.)