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Ecoregions in Antarctica

Year: 2008 Author: Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Description:
Antarctica represents a very unique and special case on our planet. With the richness of the Southern Ocean, the coasts and the Southern islands have relatively high biodiversity and biomass in the form of numerous sea birds - such as penguins and mammals such as seals and sea lions - primarily around the Antarctic peninsula - in the Marielandia Arctic Tundra ecoregion. In contrast - the inland of the Antarctic continent are a cold, windy and inhospitable desert with virtually no life.
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Climate change - ice and snow and the albedo effect
Temperature increases in the Antarctic due to climate change, 2090 (NCAR-CCM3, SRES A2 experiment)
The Antarctic hole
Protected areas, Arctic and Antarctic
Coldwater coral reefs, distribution
Major research stations in the Arctic
Population and main oil and gas production areas in the Arctic