Antarctic Subglacial Aquatic Environments

Antarctic Subglacial Aquatic Environments

Editor(s): Martin J. Siegert, Mahlon C. Kennicutt

Published Online: 25 MAR 2013

Print ISBN: 9780875904825

Online ISBN: 9781118670354

DOI: 10.1029/GM192

About this Book

Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 192.

Antarctic Subglacial Aquatic Environments
is the first volume on this important and fascinating subject. With its underlying theme of bridging existing knowledge to future research, it is a benchmark in the history of subglacial lake exploration and study, containing up-to-date discussions about the history and background of subglacial aquatic environments and future exploration. The main topics addressed are identification, location, physiography, and hydrology of 387 subglacial lakes; protocols for environmental stewardship and protection of subglacial lake environments; details of three programs aiming to explore Vostok Subglacial Lake, Ellsworth Subglacial Lake, and Whillans Subglacial Lake over the next 3-5 years; assessment of technological requirements for exploration programs based on best practices for environmental stewardship and scientific success; and knowledge of subglacial lakes as habitats for microbial life and as recorders of past climate and ice sheet change. Its uniqueness, breadth, and inclusiveness will appeal to microbiologists and those interested in life in extreme environments, paleoclimatologists and those interested in sedimentary records of past changes, glaciologists striving to understand how water beneath glaciers affects their flow, and those engaged in developing technology to undertake direct measurement and sampling of extreme environments on Earth and in the solar system.

Table of contents

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    2. Subglacial Environments and the Search for Life Beyond the Earth (pages 129–148)

      Charles S. Cockell, Elizabeth Bagshaw, Matt Balme, Peter Doran, Christopher P. Mckay, Katarina Miljkovic, David Pearce, Martin J. Siegert, Martyn Tranter, Mary Voytek and Jemma Wadham

    3. Probe Technology for the Direct Measurement and Sampling of Ellsworth Subglacial Lake (pages 159–186)

      Matthew C. Mowlem, Maria-Nefeli Tsaloglou, Edward M. Waugh, Cedric F. A. Floquet, Kevin Saw, Lee Fowler, Robin Brown, David Pearce, James B. Wyatt, Alexander D. Beaton, Mario P. Brito, Dominic A. Hodgson, Gwyn Griffiths, M. Bentley, D. Blake, L. Capper, R. Clarke, C. Cockell, H. Corr, W. Harris, C. Hill, R. Hindmarsh, E. King, H. Lamb, B. Maher, K. Makinson, J. Parnell, J. Priscu, A. Rivera, N. Ross, M. J. Siegert, A. Smith, A. Tait, M. Tranter, J. Wadham, B. Whalley and J. Woodward

    4. Siple Coast Subglacial Aquatic Environments: The Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling Project (pages 199–219)

      Helen Amanda Fricker, Ross Powell, John Priscu, Slawek Tulaczyk, Sridhar Anandakrishnan, Brent Christner, Andrew T. Fisher, David Holland, Huw Horgan, Robert Jacobel, Jill Mikucki, Andrew Mitchell, Reed Scherer and Jeff Severinghaus

    5. Ellsworth Subglacial Lake, West Antarctica: A Review of Its History and Recent Field Campaigns (pages 221–233)

      N. Ross, M. J. Siegert, A. Rivera, M. J. Bentley, D. Blake, L. Capper, R. Clarke, C. S. Cockell, H. F. J. Corr, W. Harris, C. Hill, R. C. A. Hindmarsh, D. A. Hodgson, E. C. King, H. Lamb, B. Maher, K. Makinson, M. Mowlem, J. Parnell, D. A. Pearce, J. Priscu, A. M. Smith, A. Tait, M. Tranter, J. L. Wadham, W. B. Whalley and J. Woodward

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