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Widespread colonization by polar hypoliths

Cockell, Charles S. and Stokes, M. Dale (2004). Widespread colonization by polar hypoliths. Nature, 431(7007) p. 414.

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High-latitude polar deserts are among the most extreme environments on Earth. Here we describe a large and previously unappreciated habitat for photosynthetic life under opaque rocks in the Arctic and Antarctic polar deserts. This habitat is created by the periglacial movement of the rocks, which allows some light to reach their underside. The productivity of this ecosystem is at least as great as that of above-ground biomass and potentially doubles previous productivity estimates for the polar desert ecozone.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2004 Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 1476-4687
Extra Information: In 'Brief communications: Ecology' section of the journal.
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 5211
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Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2006
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 09:54
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