Antarctic Sector of the Pacific (Google eBook)

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G.P. Glasby
Elsevier, Feb 7, 1989 - Science - 395 pages
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The Antarctic Sector of the Pacific covers the area between Australia and South America south of about 45°S. The region comprises about 6% of the Earth's surface and is amongst the most remote, hostile and least studied of the world's oceans. The scientific importance of the region is derived from its role in the reconstruction of Gondwanaland, its influence on Pacific climate and palaeoclimate and its biological productivity. No systematic surveys of the region have been undertaken since the work of the U.S.N.S. Eltanin (1962-1972). The comprehensive reassessment of whale stocks by the International Whaling Commission in 1990 and problems with ratification of the Antarctic Minerals Regime attest to the importance of Antarctic matters at present.

The book will stimulate scientific activity in the region and serve as a handbook for future research. It should also appeal to oceanographers and Polar scientists.

  

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION
1
CHAPTER 2 METEOROLOGY
21
CHAPTER 3 PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY
55
CHAPTER 4 ICE
95
CHAPTER 5 STRUCTURE AND TECTONICS
125
CHAPTER 6 HYDROCARBON EXPLORATION AND POTENTIAL
155
CHAPTER 7 SEDIMENTS
187
CHAPTER 8 PLANKTON
207
CHAPTER 9 MARINE MAMMALS
241
CHAPTER 10 SEABIRDS
263
CHAPTER 11 ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS
291
REFERENCES
325
SUBJECT INDEX
381
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