Subantarctic Macquarie Island: environment and biology

P. M. Selkirk, Rodney Seppelt, D. R. Selkirk

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Drawing on the authors' observations and the published work of others, the book describes this island nature reserve which has UNESCO Biosphere status. Chapters make a survey of: its discovery and human occupation; the island and its setting (including physiography, the Southern Ocean and climate); the island's origin and geology (including seismicity, topography, tectonics, dating and general geology, the volcanic and sedimentary rock sequence, dyke swarm complexes and other rock types); geomorphology and Quaternary history (faulting, uplift, sea-level changes and coastal erosion, glaciation, erosion, periglacial phenomena and vegetation history); the island's vegetation; lakes; the island's birds; indigenous and introduced mammals; microbiology, parasitology and terrestrial arthropods; the nearshore environment; and human impacts. The reference list is comprehensive. -J.W.Cooper

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge; New York
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages285
ISBN (Print)0521266335
Publication statusPublished - 1990

Publication series

NameStudies in Polar Research
PublisherCambridge University Press

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