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Polar areas provide unique environments that, though they may seem extreme and uninhabitable, are flourishing with life. These areas around the North and South poles include deep oceans, shallow shelf regions, tundra, mountain ranges and vast glaciers. With the increasing effects of global climate change, a basic knowledge of polar regions is crucial to understand future impacts and implications. The purpose of this book is to give a broad background of polar biology, and also provide details on specific examples through case studies. Topics included throughout this book are: Ice, Life in Polar Regions, Species Interactions, and Anthropogenic Impacts.
The students in the Polar Biology course (MAR 464) at the University of New England have researched and reviewed scientific literature to educate readers about these regions. The class, comprised of fourteen junior and senior Marine Science, Ocean Studies and Marine Affairs, and Environmental Sciences students, selected the different topics, presented the material, wrote the chapters, and assembled the final versions into this book. This book cannot be all inclusive, but we think it will provide an excellent broad overview of the most important aspects of Polar Biology and will stimulate the reader to dive into the material further.
Ice, Life in Polar Regions, Species Interactions, Anthropogenic Impacts
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Bragdon, Briar; Breault, Ashley; Bush, Bailey; Gamble, Jennifer; Hudak, Rebecca; Johnston, Emily; Kennedy, Kaitlyn; Makucewicz, Alexandria; Maynard, Sharlene; Mohr, Erin; Pelletier, Gwen; Pruitt, Halie; Rhodes, Abigail; Swan, Peter; and Frederich, Markus, "Life In The Cold: An Investigation Of Polar Regions" (2016). Marine Sciences Student Projects. 2.