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Frozen Oceans: The floating world of pack ice

Frozen Oceans

This unique book provides an accessible and up-to-date background to the complex structure of sea ice and its role as a major global habitat.

ISBN: 0 565091883

Author: David N Thomas

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Frozen Oceans: The floating world of pack ice

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Written by marine scientist, David Thomas, Frozen Oceans provides a detailed and up-to-date background to the complex structure of the ice and its role as a major global habitat.
What is pack ice?
Pack ice is a layer of frozen seawater on the top of the polar oceans, varying in thickness from a few centimetres to tens of metres. It is an ephemeral feature, not just of polar regions but also of seas such as the Baltic, Caspian and Sea of Okhotsk. At its maximum extent it covers 13% of the Earth's surface area, making it one of the major biomes on the planet. Far from being a frozen wasteland, sea ice is now considered to be at the heart of the rich biodiversity of the polar regions.

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'an excellent and timely book that opens up this relatively unknown but significant environment'. Nature

Product information

Hardback, 195 x 242 mm, 224 pp, 2004, colour photographs throughout, 0 565 09188 3. Published by the Natural History Museum.

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