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Science on ice : discovering the secrets of Antarctica

Author: Veronika Meduna
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Auckland University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Antarctica is very difficult and expensive to get to and a tough place to live and do scientific research. Nevertheless, over the last century, large numbers of biologists, physicists, geoscientists, and chemists have headed to Antarctica from all over the world and, in particular, because of our proximity, from New Zealand. Because Antarctica offers a peculiar environment ripe for tackling some of the biggest  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Veronika Meduna
ISBN: 9781869405830 1869405838
OCLC Number: 767879443
Awards: Short-listed for Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize 2013
Description: pages cm
Contents: Introduction: A land of ice --
Uncovering the past --
Life on ice --
True Antarcticans --
Oasis in a frozen desert --
Coda: beyond the ice.
Responsibility: Veronika Meduna.

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Antarctica is very difficult and expensive to get to and a tough place to live and do scientific research. Nevertheless, over the last century, large numbers of biologists, physicists, geoscientists, and chemists have headed to Antarctica from all over the world and, in particular, because of our proximity, from New Zealand. Because Antarctica offers a peculiar environment ripe for tackling some of the biggest scientific questions, such as: Is there life on other planets? Life on the early earth evolved in extreme environments - very hot or very cold, with atmospheres and oceans full of weird chemicals. In the cold ice and hot undersea vents around Antarctica, scientists can study life in extremes and gain insight into how life began on earth and how it might have developed across the rest of the universe. Climate change. This is not driven evenly around the world. Instead, a few key phenomena seem to drive the weather - El Nino off South America, the Gulf Stream that keeps Great Britain warm, etc. Antarctica is one of these key climate drivers. As scientists watch glaciers retreat and icebergs break off the continent, they can begin to understand the extent and impact of climate change.

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