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On Populations in Antarctic Meltwater Pools

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Title:On Populations in Antarctic Meltwater Pools
Authors:Thomas, Charles W.
Date Issued:Oct 1965
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Thomas CW. 1965. On populations in Antarctic meltwater pools. Pac Sci 19(4): 515-521.
Abstract:In meltwater pools of the Clark Peninsula area of Antarctica fresh
water biota spend most of the year frozen into the ice or in underlying sediments.
In the absence of dynamic pressure (as is the case in pools), ice exerts no
pressure on organisms.
Survival of organisms appears to be a function of their ability to dehydrate:
or encyst.
Brachionus and cosmopolitan forms have been introduced into Antarctica. The
most likely agency of transport is skua gulls.
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 19, Number 4, 1965

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