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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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November highlights
Excavations at Cape Shirreff revealed the remains of a female skull c. 170 y. old, indicating a mongolian-caucasian origin  A-58045
Antarctic phytoplankton may respond differentially and significantly to changes of iron level in the southern ocean B-57906
King penguins breeding at Crozet Is. forage towards the Subantarctic Front, but most travel south towards the Polar Front  B-57948
Highest concentrations of the UV-B absorber usnic acid in antarctic lichens occur at the lowest ozone levels B-58047
The UV irradiation is responsible for the accumulation of age pigments in irradiated fungal spores B-58070
The most intensive antarctic tafoni weathering occurs along the coastal zone reached by sea spray and on top of Mt. Abbott E-57969
A paragenesis on Mt. Meredith yielded 2500­2800 million years and 1800­2100 million years detrital zircon populations E-57985
Radiocarbon dating and other, independent, dating methods must be employed together to reconstruct deglaciation history  E-58067
Modelling methods using computational fluid dynamics and a finite area element model, predict snowdrift accumulation patterns  F-57992
The atmospheric convergence line and the Antarctic Divergence region cause polynya activity in the southern Indian Ocean  F-58025
Recent contrasts in the behavior of the alpine glaciers may reflect changes in summer sea ice extent in Prydz Bay  F-58065
Data indicate that the area of the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf is about 1700 sq. km larger than was previously thought  F-58073
Tropospheric trace gas column abundances are up to 10 times higher in the Arctic compared with the Antarctic  I-57940
Only a small fraction of the aerosol particles were involved in the nucleation of PSC particles in 1992 and 1993  I-57943
Midwinter tropospheric wave energy may be the best predictor of the severity of the ozone hole the following spring  I-57963
A reduction of NO2 by 30% was found after the breakup of the austral polar vortex in 1992  I-58020
The current deglaciation, beginning at the end of the Little Ice Age, is the most important since the Holocene period   I-58078
4251 articles weighing 65.8 kg of mostly plastic material were found in the marine debris at Cape Shirreff in 1995­96  J-58049