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Current Antarctic Literature

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.

Uncopyrighted items cited in Current Antarctic Literature are available from the Library of Congress, Photoduplication Service, Washington, DC 20540.

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Highlights of the August 1997 Current Antarctic Literature

Local fisheries are the source of much of Bird Island's beach debris  p.1: A-57490
The 8,000 meteorite fragments found in Antarctica are more than half the number collected on Earth  p.1: A-57524
Five species of Tanaidacea are recorded from the Southern Hemisphere for the first time  p.2: B-57446
Isotopic composition of Bellingshausen and Norwegian-Greenland Sea diatoms in sediments is different from published accounts  p.6: B-57542
Human activity is likely to have spread an infectious poultry virus in wild antarctic penguins  p.6: B-57548
Coats Land and parts of Queen Maud Land may not have been part of the East Antarctic craton 1.1 billion years ago  p.8: E-57481
Mapping has identified coal measures in the Prince Charles Mountains that are much thicker than previously inferred.  p.10: E-57519
This detailed satellite view of southern-ocean sea ice motion is unique, comprehensive, and not previously available.  p.10: F-57505
The ice sheet sector adjacent to Wright Valley has remained stable for 3.5 million years .  p.10: F-57506
The mass balance of glaciers that fringe the Victoria Land coast shows a significantly positive value .  p.11: F-57529
An under-snow tunneling system provides new passageways and utility corridors at the South Pole  p.12: G-57464 - G-57467
Reinforcing a building with exterior steel trusses reduces wind-induced vibrations  p.12: G-57561
Sediment toxicity, the ozone hole, and increased ultraviolet radiation increase hazards to marine life.  p.17: J-57570
New, better telescope for astronomy and aeronomy is operating at Amundsen-Scott Station.  p.17: K-57511
A record of repeated intercontinental extensions during Paleozoic and Jurassic times was established at Falkland Is.  p.18: L-57520

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.

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