Antarctic ecosystems

Terrestrial environments of Antarctica include some of the most extreme on Earth, challenging the very existence of life itself. This article outlines briefly the geological and biological history of the continent, leading on to the conditions currently experienced, before describing its terrestrial biogeography and biota. Major determinants of terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystem function are discussed and consideration given to natural and human-induced processes of ecosystem development and change.


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Authors: Convey, Peter ORCIDORCID record for Peter Convey

On this site: Peter Convey
1 January, 2017
In: Reference Module in Life Sciences, Elsevier,
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