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The Southern Ocean surrounding the Antarctic continent is vast, in particular, its history, its isolation, and climate, making it a unique "laboratory case" for experimental evolution, adaptation and ecology. Its evolutionary history of adaptation provide a wealth of information on the functioning of the biosphere and its potential.
The Southern Ocean is the result of a history of nearly 40 million years marked by the opening of the Straits south of Australia and South America and intense cooling. The violence of its weather, its very low temperatures, the formation of huge ice-covered areas, as its isolation makes the Southern Ocean a world apart.
Biodiversity of the Southern Ocean discusses the consequences for the evolution, ecology and biodiversity of the region, including endemism, slowed metabolism, longevity, gigantism, and its larval stages; features which make this vast ocean a "natural laboratory" for exploring the ecological adaptive processes, scalable to work in extreme environmental conditions. Today, biodiversity of the Southern Ocean is facing global change, particularly in regional warming and acidification of water bodies. Unable to migrate further south, how will she cope, if any, to visitors from the North?
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2. A brief history of exploration and discovery
Chapter 3. The Southern Ocean and its environment: a world of extremes
Chapter 4. The ocean during the time
Chapter 5. Biogeography and communities of the Southern Ocean
Chapter 6. History of the biodiversity of the Southern Ocean
Chapter 7. Organisms adapation
Chapter 8. Projections into the future