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Biodiversity of Microbial mats in Antarctica
Entry ID: ASAC_1049_Micromat

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Abstract: From the Micromat home page:

Research on microbial biodiversity in Antarctica is still in a starting phase though it is a very promising area of research. Antarctica is characterised by its geographical and climatic isolation. The extreme climate has led to the evolution of novel biochemical adaptations to severe low temperatures and hypersalinity (in lakes), and possibly also of indigenous ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -67.0   S: -68.0   E: 78.0   W: 77.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Wilmotte, A. and Laybourn-Parry, J.
Dataset Title: Biodiversity of Microbial mats in Antarctica
Dataset Series Name: CAASM Metadata
Dataset Release Date: 2010-12-03
Dataset Publisher: Australian Antarctic Data Centre
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1998-11-01
Stop Date: 2001-03-31
ISO Topic Category
Quality Stop date provided in temporal coverage is approximate only.

See the final report for further quality information.

Two copies of the report are available for download, the first one (ASAC_1049_Micromat) contains a table which has possibly become corrupted (on page 38). The second copy (ASAC_1049_Micromat1) contains a text version of that table. The original copy is included in case of problems with the text version.
Access Constraints Further information and some data are provided in a final report on the Micromat project. An excel spreadsheet of data are also attached. These data are available for download from the provided URL.
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Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Australia Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: +61 3 6232 3244
Fax: +61 3 6232 3351
Email: metadata at
Contact Address:
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia
Distribution Media: HTTP
Distribution Size: 819 kb
Distribution Format: word, excel
Fees: free
Phone: +44 (0117) 3314120
Email: Jo.Laybourn-Parry at
Contact Address:
University of Bristol
School of Geographical Sciences
University Road
City: Clifton
Province or State: Bristol
Postal Code: BS8 1SS
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2005-04-05
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-02-05