Glacier surface habitats

Elizabeth A. Bagshaw*, Marek Stibal, Alexandre M. Anesio, Chris Bellas, Martyn Tranter, Jon Telling, Jemma L. Wadham

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter focuses on life on glacier surface, in the supraglacial environment. It examines the types of ecosystems that exist on glacier surfaces worldwide, and the key differences between these habitat types in different climatic zone. The chapter also discusses the dominant species found in glacial surface ecosystems, and explains the biogeochemical processes that prevail on glacier surfaces as a result of this microbial activity. Finally, the potential impacts of the microbial processes in glacier surface ecological niches on the surrounding environment and on ecosystems that are fed by glacier melt, are also presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLife at Extremes: Environments, Organisms and Strategies for Survival
PublisherCABI Publishing
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9781845938147
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2012


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