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The McMurdo Dry Valleys Long Term Research Program: New understanding of the biogeochemistry of the Dry Valley Lakes
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-16, 21:29 authored by Lyons, WB, Welch, KA, Priscu, JC, Laybourn-Parry, J, Moorhead, D, McKnight, D, Doran, DM, Tranter, PT
The McMurdo Dry Valleys Longâ€Term Ecological Research (MCMâ€LTER) site represents the highestâ€latitude location of the 24 LTER sites supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation. Although the perennial iceâ€covered lakes in the dry valleys have been investigated since IGY, detailed, ecosystemâ€based studies have been conducted on these lakes since 1993 by LTER investigators. A review of recent findings on the biogeochemistry and foodâ€ chain dynamics of these lakes is summarized within. The lakes are much more complicated and more dynamic than previously thought. The importance of collecting longâ€term data is imperative if an understanding of how these sensitive systems respond to climate change is to be gained. Â© 2001 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Publication titlePolar geography
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc
Place of publicationUnited States