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Encyclopedia of Antarctica and the Southern Oceans

Encyclopedia of Antarctica and the Southern Oceans

B. Stonehouse (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-471-98665-2

Aug 2002

404 pages

Select type: Hardcover

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Antarctica is a major geographical region of our world and an important part of the global ecosystem. Including a continent larger than Australia and an ocean broader than the Atlantic, it makes up one-eighth of the World's surface. Knowledge gained by early explorers and more recently by scientists is proving increasingly important in world affairs. No longer remote at the southern end of the Earth, Antarctica and the southern oceans have become centres of general, historic, scientific and political interest.

The Encyclopedia of Antarctica and the Southern Oceans contains over 1300 articles, compiled by a team of 26 international researchers, who have worked in the area. Topics covered include:

  • History of discovery and exploration
  • Geology, Glaciology and Climate
  • Structure and ice cover of the Southern Ocean
  • Biology of the ocean and continent
  • Impacts of man, including conservation and political issues
  • Islands of the southern oceans
Articles are listed alphabetically and written in non-technical language. Many recommend further reading. Study guides help readers to follow learning paths through the Encyclopedia.

This book is an up-to-date and authoritative reference on Antarctica and the southern oceans, essential for public libraries and reference sections of academic institutions, government departments and research centres. It is also of general use to any reader with an interest in Antarctica.

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List of Advisory Editors.

List of Contributors.

Introduction.

A Z Entries.

Appendix A: Agreed Measures for the Conservation of Antarctic Fauna and Flora.

Appendix B: Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Seals.

Appendix C: Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.

Appendix D: Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty.

Appendix E: Text of the Antarctic Treaty.

Further reading.

Study Guide: Climate and Life.

Study Guide: Exploration.

Study Guide: Geography.

Study Guide: Geology and Glaciology.

Study Guide: Information Sources.

Study Guide: National Interests in Antarctica.

Study Guide: Protected Areas under the Antarctic Treaty.

Study Guide: Southern Oceans and Islands.

A Z Listing of Encyclopedia Entries.
"...this comprehensive tome spans subjects from the history of exploration to glaciology, geology and biology..." (New Scientist, 12 October 2002)

"...inquestionably a volume of good authority, accuracy and documentation and is a refence book that will be widely used in libraries and research institutions..." (Antarctic Science, Vol.15, No.1, 2003)

"…full of useful information…an atlas, gazetteer, dictionary, and encyclopedia all rolled into one…" (Polar Record, Vol.40 2004)