Arctic Sea Ice Ecosystem

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Taylor & Francis, Jan 23, 1997 - Science - 221 pages
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This book is dedicated to the study of the composition, structure and dynamics of the Arctic sea ice ecosystem. It considers the permanent Arctic sea ice cover as an integral steady-state ecological system. Detailed descriptions are given of time-scale characteristics, physical and chemical sea ice properties, and the species composition of sea ice biota. The ecological mechanisms which govern the ecosystem on both the vertical and lateral scales are discussed, including the function of microcommunities during seasonal sea ice evolution.
The Arctic Sea Ice Ecosystem will be an invaluable reference source for all researchers and students of polar ecology.

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Igor Alekseevich Melnikov is the Arctic Research Programme Coordinator at the P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology in Moscow.

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