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Current Antarctic Literature highlights

Current Antarctic Literature, regarded as the world's most comprehensive antarctic abstracting and indexing service, is the monthly awareness service of the Antarctic Bibliography. As of 1 January 1997, it is no longer available as a printed publication. The complete Antarctic Bibliography file, which extends back to 1951, will be available for online searching on the Library of Congress Project World Wide Web site in 1997.

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September 1997 highlights
The moss Drepanocladus uncinatus harbors 2 species of mites which tolerate prolonged submersion in freshwater  B-57603
Marine food web and krill resource management are affected by regional warming and reduced krill abundance   B-57607
PCR is found to be a useful method to detect bacteria of human origin in antarctic environments  B-57618
Antarctic dry valleys are a valuable analogue for detecting microbial life and diversity on Mars  B-57626
Colonization of antarctic environments by individual species may have been very recent in evolutionary time scales  B-57627
Acinetobacter ADH-1 could be potentially useful to design bioremediation processes in cold climate areas  E-57617
Polar dinosaurs lived under cold climates quite unlike those tolerated by modern reptiles  E-57643
Overabundance of iodine and chlorine in antarctic rocks may be caused by terrestrial contamination  E-57683
Moderate climate warming could result in basal thickening of the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf and increase its longevity  F-57605
A gradual reduction in the number of viable microorganisms is revealed at increasing depth of the Vostok core  F-57727
The Vostok core is believed to cover the past four glacial-interglacial cycles (ca. 400,000 years)  F-57741
It is now possible to carry useful loads on direct flights from Cape Town to many antarctic destinations  G-57647
The Russian icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov completed the 10th circumnavigation of Antarctica during summer '96-'97  G-57648
The temporal variation of Cloud Condensation Nuclei spectra may provide information on air-mass transport  I-57582
A stretched-grid general circulation model correctly simulates the atmospheric dynamics of Antarctica and the globe  I-57692
Antarctic seasonal mass movement shows that the diabatic influences at the antarctic surface have far-field impacts  I-57695
A 1992 oil spill near Faraday St. had a minor, localized and short-term impact on the antarctic marine environment   J-57684
Biological productivity of the Elephant I. region depends upon the major water-mass circulation patterns in the area  J-57734
There are asymmetrical auroral phenomena between the morning and the afternoon regions  K-57658
The theta aurora develops during increased solar wind speed and high northward interplanetary magnetic field magnitudes  K-57688
At temperature below -40°C seismic data loggers operate with high voltage offsets and increasing input noise  L-57660

October 1997 highlights
Evidence is found of human presence on Cape Shirreff during the period of 1819 to 1824  A-57853
The structure of the benthic ecosystems, as evolved in the two hemispheres, is found to be rather similar  B-57757
Algal mats are most abundant in streambeds composed of stone pavements, where nutrient concentrations are low  B-57761
Fatty acid signature analysis is important in studying foraging ecology in free-ranging pinnipeds  B-57765
Seed banks have important implications for the decline or spread of plant populations in response to changing climate  B-57804
Four species of high-antarctic fish are useful bioindicators for organochlorine contamination in Antarctica  B-57901
Erebus gas plume contributes significantly to the antarctic atmosphere and is detected in snow deposits  E-57781
A collector was designed and built to retrieve micrometeorites from the floor of the South Pole Water Well  E-57816
The lowest ash-layers on Livingston I. may correspond to volcanic eruptions at the beginning of the 19th century  E-57836
Floral diversity and abundance of individual hepatics were special features of the Cretaceous high-latitude vegetation  E-57896
A close to 4% retreat of the ice cap surface occurred between 1956 and 1991 on Greenwich Island  F-57841
Core indicates that Law Dome remained an independent ice cap, not overridden by the inland ice sheet in the Last Glacial Maximum  F-57873
Magnitude of volcanic events preserved within different ice cores is compared using normalized sulfate flux  F-57882
All secondary cell accumulators, except the alkaline, are close to useless in temperatures below -20°C  G-57857
Typical antarctic winter sea ice thickness supports maximum aircraft weight of 2.6 MN on landing and take-off  G-57884
Model displays a sensitivity of 0.02°C global warming per percent change in Southern Hemisphere sea ice coverage  I-57773
Inorganic C accumulation rates are a factor of 6-7 lower than organic C accumulation rates in Weddell Sea sediments  J-57898
The Applied Physics Laboratory programs include an antarctic balloon mission to study the solar magnetic field  K-57815
Antarctic O'Higgins Station performed the first successful geodetic VLBI experiments during the Jan.-Feb. 1993 burst  L-57771