Tardigrades, and other cryoconite biota, on the Greenland Ice Sheet

Grongaard, Anette; Pugh, Philip J.A.; McInnes, Sandra J. ORCID: 1999 Tardigrades, and other cryoconite biota, on the Greenland Ice Sheet. Zoologischer Anzeiger, 238 (3-4). 211-214.

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Cryoconite holes, supraglacial ponds and moulins of the Greenland Ice Sheet were surveyed for microbiota and meiofauna. These habitats are colonised by depauperate communities of widespread/cosmopolitan microbes, microalgae, rotifers and tardigrades. All colonists are generalists, pre-adapted to cope with the extreme environmental conditions of, and are effectively stranded in, cryoconite deposits. Cryoconite biota may seed similar local habitats, though it is unlikely that they can escape to colonise new ones, and so they survive in situ until they are ultimately washed into the glacial drainage system.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Pre 2000 programme
ISSN: 00445231
Additional Keywords: Arctic, glacier, Moulin, Rotifera, Tardigrada
Date made live: 15 Oct 2013 08:56 +0 (UTC)

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