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D.N. Thomas, G.E. Fogg, P. Convey, C.H. Fritsen, J.-M. Gili, R. Gradinger, J. Laybourn-Parry, K. Reid, and D.W.H. Walton

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199298112

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298112.001.0001

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Inland waters in polar regions

Inland waters in polar regions

Chapter:
(p.116) 5 Inland waters in polar regions
Source:
The Biology of Polar Regions
Author(s):

David N. Thomas

G.E. (Tony) Fogg

Peter Convey

Christian H. Fritsen

Josep-Maria Gili

Rolf Gradinger

Johanna Laybourn-Parry

Keith Reid

David W.H. Walton

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298112.003.0005

This chapter discusses the great variety of inland waters in polar regions. Topics covered include Arctic lakes, Antarctic lakes, and streams and rivers. It is shown that the polar regions contain some of the most extreme, unproductive aquatic environments on the planet. Although the Arctic and Antarctic have their high-latitude locations in common, there are some very significant differences between their lakes and running waters in terms of trophic structure, diversity, and productivity.

Keywords:   Arctic lakes, Antarctic lakes, streams, rivers

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