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This multi-disciplinary book will cater to students and those who want to have a more critical look behind the scenes of Antarctic science. An Introduction to Antarctica will take a systems approach to providing insights into Antarctic ecosystems and the geophysical environment. Further, the book will link these insights to a discussion of current issues, such as climate change, bio prospecting, environmental management and Antarctic politics. It will be written and edited by experienced Antarctic researchers and scientists from a wide range of disciplines. Academic references will be included for those who wish to delve deeper into the topics discussed in An Introduction to Antarctica.
1. Introduction.- PART 1: Physical Sciences.- 2. A Continent under Ice: Studying Geology in Antarctica.- 3. A Long Journey South: Unravelling Antarctica's Geological History.- 4. Looking Back to the Future: Palaeoclimate Studies in Antarctica.- 5. An Ice-bound Continent: Antarctic's Cryosphere and Hydrological Systems.- 6.Weather and Climate: Antarctica's Role in the Global Atmospheric System.- 7.The Southern Ocean: Antarctica's Northern Boundary.- 8. From Ice to Space: The Antarctic Atmosphere.-PART 2.- 9. Remote Ocean Outposts: Biological Diversity of the Subantarctic Islands.- 10. Life on Land: Aquatic Terrestrial Ecosystems in Antarctica.- 11. Life on Land: Non-aquatic Terrestrial Eccosystems in Antarctica.- 12. Beyond the Ice: Marine Ecosystems in the Southern Ocean.- 13. Antarctic Megafauna: Birds and Mammals of Antarctica.- 14. Surviving in the Cold: Invertebrates and Fish in Antarctica.- 15. Polar Expeditions: Historical and Social Aspects of Antarctic Exploration.- 16. A Continent for Peace and Science: Antarctic Governance.- 17. Extreme and Unusual Psychology in Antarctica.- 18. Destination Icy Wilderness: Antarctic Tourism.- 19. Creativity at the Frozen Frontier: The Arts in Antarctica.- 20. Commercial Harvest: Exploitation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.- 21. Southern Ocean Fisheries: Managing Harvests of Marine Life.- 22. The Search for Extremophiles: Antarctic Biological Prospecting.- 23. The Question of Mining: Geological Resources in Antarctica.- 24. Ice and Mineral Resources: Regulatory Challenges of Commercial Exploitation.- 25. Recent Climate Change: Causes and Impacts of Climate Change in Antarctica.- 26. Reducing Fossil Fuel Consumption: Renewable Energy in Antarctica.- 27. Alien Invasions and the Impact of Non-native Species: Changing the Face of Life on Land in Antarctica?- 28. Future Challenges in Antarctic Research: International and Interdisciplinary Cooperation.- 29. Antarctic Scientific Collaboration: The Role of SCAR.