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Current Antarctic Literature highlights from December 1997

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December highlights

The December issue cites and abstracts 130 antarctic research papers from around the world. Seventeen of the 130 are highlighted below. For all 130 bibliographic citations and abstracts, see

A bibliography is available of material published in the South African Journal of Antarctic Research over the past 26 years A-58152
Some spionid and chaetopterid species are endemic to antarctic waters due to the ACC barrier to northward larval dispersal B-58109
No abundance changes are observed in the Weddell Sea pelagic Copepoda that could be connected to major environmental changes B-58121
Due to rapid glacial retreat on Heard Island, areas suitable for plant colonization are increasing and ice-free areas are merging B-58190
A satisfactory performance in monitoring crustal shear movements by the Fildes deformation-monitoring-network is reported C-58173
210Pb measurements in lake sediment core show that the 1960's nuclear tests affected 210Pb deposition in Antarctica E-58099
New isotopic ages of volcanic rocks on Livingston Island verify that the Mount Bowles Formation rocks were formed during Cretaceous E-58169
Hydrochemical properties of 13 lakes suggest that precipitation in Larsemann Hills is dominated by marine conditions E-58174
Prince Gustav Ice Shelf, which has been retreating since 1843, showed rapid retreats recently and between 1957 and 1959 F-58123
High spatial variability in snow accumulation, with the highest recorded in the nunatak area, was observed in Queen Maud Land F-58193
New semi-automated sea ice mapping system provides information to antarctic shipping on current sea ice conditions
A High Efficiency Transmission Line Antenna, small enough to mount on a snow vehicle, reduces the intensity of snow noise
Prolonged antarctic isolation is associated with altered latent herpes virus homeostasis and T-cell dysfunction
Uniformity of environmental changes in 3 different areas confirms that they are controlled by the Antarctic Convergence fluctuations
Recognizably different characteristics are revealed in atmospheric ozone variations between East and West Antarctica
Dissolved Fe concentrations in waters south of Australia (45-53S) are low enough to limit primary productivity
Spatial distribution of mostly non-terrigenous nutrients at Fildes Peninsula is lowest in the mid-tide area

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