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The Vegetation of Antarctica through Geological Time

Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Mar 2018
Dimensions: w 170mm h 244mm d 25mm
Weight: 775g
ISBN-10: 1108446825
ISBN-13: 9781108446822
Barcode No: 9781108446822
Synopsis
The fossil history of plant life in Antarctica is central to our understanding of the evolution of vegetation through geological time and also plays a key role in reconstructing past configurations of the continents and associated climatic conditions. This book provides the only detailed overview of the development of Antarctic vegetation from the Devonian period to the present day, presenting Earth scientists with valuable insights into the break up of the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana. Details of specific floras and ecosystems are provided within the context of changing geological, geographical and environmental conditions, alongside comparisons with contemporaneous and modern ecosystems. The authors demonstrate how palaeobotany contributes to our understanding of the paleoenvironmental changes in the southern hemisphere during this period of Earth history. The book is a complete and up-to-date reference for researchers and students in Antarctic paleobotany and terrestrial paleoecology.

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'[This] well-written, well-illustrated book contains instructive figures and tables, and has a comprehensive bibliography. This is an excellent reader or text for undergraduate or graduate students ... Cantrill and Poole have set a high standard for future synthetic work in paleobotany, and have crafted a volume that is useful for both students and professionals. Highly recommended.' M. S. Zavada, Choice