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Evidence of plant and animal communities at exposed and subglacial (cave) geothermal sites in Antarctica

Fraser, Ceridwen; Connell, Laurie; Lee, Charles K.; Cary, S. Craig

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Geothermal areas, such as volcanoes, might have acted as glacial microrefugia for a wide range of species. The heavily glaciated but volcanically active Antarctic continent presents an ideal system for assessing this hypothesis. Ice-free terrain around volcanoes in Antarctica is, however, often restricted to small patches, whereas subglacial cave systems, formed by vented volcanic steam, can be extensive and interconnected. No observations of macrobiota have yet been made for subglacial...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/144646
Source: Polar Biology
DOI: 10.1007/s00300-017-2198-9

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