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D.N. Thomas, G.E. Fogg, P. Convey, C.H. Fritsen, J.-M. Gili, R. Gradinger, J. Laybourn-Parry, K. Reid, and D.W.H. Walton

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199298112

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298112.001.0001

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Periglacial and terrestrial habitats in polar regions

Periglacial and terrestrial habitats in polar regions

(p.53) 3 Periglacial and terrestrial habitats in polar regions
The Biology of Polar Regions

David N. Thomas

G.E. (Tony) Fogg

Peter Convey

Christian H. Fritsen

Josep-Maria Gili

Rolf Gradinger

Johanna Laybourn-Parry

Keith Reid

David W.H. Walton

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the terrestrial ecosystems of the Arctic and Antarctic. It begins discussing some of their physical and chemical characteristics and then subsequent subsections detail the ecosystems and their component biota. Topics covered include substrata (exposed rock surfaces, endolithic habitat, rock debris, permafrost, and polar soils); communities of the Continental Antarctic, Maritime Antarctic, High Arctic, Arctic tundra, and Antarctic tundra; the physiological ecology of polar plants and invertebrates, specialized communities; and comparison of Arctic and Antarctic terrestrial habitats and communities.

Keywords:   terrestrial ecosystems, Arctic, Antarctic, biota, substrata, tundra, polar plants, invertebrates, specialized communities

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