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Cold Regions Bibliography database now accessible via the Web

Are you looking for a comprehensive list of antarctic bibliographic citations on a specific subject, location, or author? If so, then check the most recent addition to the Library of Congress (LOC) Cold Regions Bibliography Project home page.

More than 208,000 antarctic and arctic bibliographic records, many containing abstracts, can be searched online at this site. The Cold Regions Bibliography Project, sponsored and financially supported by the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs and the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), is part of the Library's Science and Technology Division, which, since 1995, has also been collaborating with the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England. For over 40 years, the LOC staff has updated and maintained materials on science and technology in the world's cold regions as part of its mission to disseminate information on Antarctica and cold regions science and technology. This effort was begun in the 1950s under sponsorship of CRREL; the National Science Foundation joined as a cosponsor for antarctic material in 1962.

For direct access to the database, as well as more information on this project, go the project's homepage at Annual compilations of new antarctic accessions are published in the Antarctic Bibliography, which may be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 20402. Current Antarctic Literature, a monthly list of indexed abstracts, is available at the CRREL library web site, (See below for February's highlights.) Uncopyrighted items cited in Current Antarctic Literature are available from the Library of Congress, Photoduplication Service, Washington, D.C. 20540.

Suggestions for items to be cited are welcome ( Please include complete bibliographic information. Suggested items should be consistent with the project's Sponsor Interest Profiles and Selection Criteria, on the Cold Regions Bibliography Project home page. For the Antarctic, the National Science Foundation's interests are geographic (limited to the antarctic region) but cover all science disciplines. Comments about antarctic bibliographic materials may be sent to the Cold Regions Bibliographic Project ( or the National Science Foundation (

Current Antarctic Literature February 1998 highlights

The February Current Antarctic Literature cites and abstracts 134 antarctic research papers from around the world. Twenty of the 134 are highlighted below. For all 134 bibliographic citations and abstracts, see Search the whole Cold Regions Bibliography Project database at the Library of Congress:

There are differences in UVR survival strategies even between closely related species of cyanobacteria B-58451
Notothenioid cardiovascular physiology provides important information on their organismal performance, adaptation, and species diversification B-58463
A database on antarctic lichens, called VICTORIA, was installed at the Department of Biology, University of Trieste, Italy B-58469
A simple, time-saving, low-cost spectrophotometric method to evaluate cellular metallothionein concentration in the antarctic scallop was developed B-58472
An automated device which records data automatically reduces human interference at the Edmonson Point penguin rookery B-58475
Whole spores of the fungus Arthrobotrys ferox show 3 main fluorescence bands undergoing substantial changes after UV-B and UV-C irradiation B-58483
Collembolan DNA sequences for the mitochondrial COII gene and a fragment of the nuclear rDNA provide a first approach to the reconstruction of their molecular phylogeny B-58488
Geological samples recovered in the Victoria Land Basin present evidence of the late Ross Ice Shelf advance and retreat history E-58367
The 4000 m of Macquarie Ridge uplift took about 5 million years and the top of the island may first have emerged some 700 to 600 ka E-58411
Sedimentologic and geochemical analyses of a high-resolution sediment core collected in Lallemand Fjord represent the most detailed record of Holocene climate change in Antarctica E-58413
Textural evidence suggests that bow shocks and high thermal gradients existed during deceleration of micrometeoroids in the atmosphere E-58432
It is possible to link quantitatively the atmospheric aerosol mass loading from a low-latitude volcanic eruption to its signal in polar ice cores F-58383
A dark line appearing on a recent satellite image of McMurdo Ice Shelf does not indicate an opening crevasse but a firn collapse over sea water soaking horizontally into the ice shelf F-58426
In the Antarctic Peninsula, backstress from pinning points and ice rises appears to be important in stabilizing the calving terminus F-58440
The Network for Detection of Stratospheric Change is a set of high quality ground-based observing stations, including 3 antarctic sites: McMurdo Station, Arrival Heights, and D. d'Urville Station I-58400
Annual surface air temperatures have warmed by 0.6°C between 1860 and 1994; in Antarctica, the record commenced in 1957 shows slight warming I-58418
The arctic vortex moves further off the pole, is generally more elongated, and has a more complicated vertical structure than the antarctic vortex I-58431
Oceanic isoprene emission is strongly seasonally dependent and is correlated with water-chlorophyll content of the North Sea and the Bellingshausen Sea J-58382
Heat flow density measurement with the analysis by scanning X-ray analyzed microscope is a useful method to investigate the fine structure of geological samples L-58368
Reliable data on gravity changes which cause polar motions are obtained with a superconducting gravimeter installed at Showa Station in March 1993 L-58447

The Library of Congress compiles the monthly Current Antarctic Literature (online only) and the annual Antarctic Bibliography with funding support from the National Science Foundation. Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England, collaborates with the Library in this project.