Details about the marine life of 9000 species that inhabit Antarctica, from tiny microbes to large cetaceans were collected for the first time in an atlas on the remote and icy southern seas.
The ‘Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean’ was developed over four years by an international team of marine biologists and oceanographers and contributions of more than a hundred scientists from Australia, New Zealand, USA, France, Belgium, Spain or Chile.
This work, coordinated by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and presented at a scientific conference held in New Zealand this week, contains 66 chapters, complete and comprehensive data of some 9,000 species and 800 maps and 100 color photographs. Researcher compiled data on the occurrence, evolution, genetic changes and effects of climate change on all of them.
- The database described from microorganisms to large cetaceans
- Over a hundred of scientists have worked on the atlas for four years
- Still fall outside the description 1,000 to 2,000 species
- First chapter is available free
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