N. Thomas - Frozen oceans. The floating world of pack ice
Explorers have ventured into ice-covered oceans for hundreds
of years, but it is only in the last 50 years that scientists
have been able to unlock the secrets of the ice. Armed with
the latest ship and satellite technology, they have discovered
how pack ice forms and grows, and in turn supports many
living inhabitants from viruses to whales. Far from being
a frozen wasteland, sea ice is now considered to be at the
heart of the rich biodiversity of the polar regions.
David Thomas's lively and readable text conveys his excitement
at the unique relationships between living communities and
the ice. He provides a detailed and up-to-date background
to the complex structure of the ice itself and its role
as a major global habitat.
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