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GIS analysis, biological samples (soil microorganism, invertebrate and plant), automatic weather station data and vegetation and invertebrate surveys to determine the terrestrial biocomplexity of the McMurdo Dry Valleys - K020_2008_2012_NZ_1
Entry ID: K020_2008_2012_NZ_1

Abstract: The McMurdo Dry Valleys are the largest area of snow-free land in Antarctica. Managers ability to promote and protect these areas would benefit if we knew the biodiversity present and what controls it distribution. The research therefore focused on describing and predicting biodiversity of terrestrial habitats in the Ross Dependency, Antarctica. The aim is to produce a GIS/biodiversity database ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -78.0   S: -78.16   E: 164.47   W: 163.61
  N: -78.12   S: -78.17   E: 163.8   W: 163.74
Min Altitude: 0 Max Altitude: 800
  N: -78.13   S: -78.16   E: 164.05   W: 163.57
Min Altitude: 0 Max Altitude: 800
  N: -78.1   S: -78.17   E: 163.82   W: 163.74
Min Altitude: 150 Max Altitude: 800
  N: -78.13   S: -78.16   E: 163.89   W: 163.57
  N: -78.02   S: -78.1   E: 163.91   W: 163.68
Min Altitude: 200 Max Altitude: 900
  N: -77.5   S: -78.14   E: 163.76   W: 161.88
Min Altitude: 50 Max Altitude: 600
  N: -77.34   S: -78.1   E: 163.83   W: 161.39
  N: -77.42   S: -78.09   E: 163.79   W: 160.49
Min Altitude: 200 Max Altitude: 1000

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2008-11-07
Stop Date: 2009-01-28
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Quality All of the collected soil samples are stored at the University of Waikato, Hamilton New Zealand in a -80C PC2 containment facility with small splits in the UK with David Hopkins and US with Jeb Barrett. A small subset of samples are at the University of West Cape, Cape Town, South Africa with Don Cowan. Samples of mites and springtails and mosses were are also collected and mainly held at the ... View entire text
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Data Center
Antarctica New Zealand, New Zealand Antarctic Institute, New Zealand Supplemental Info
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Data Center Personnel
Phone: (03) 358 0200
Fax: (03) 358 0211
Email: c.maclaurin at
Contact Address:
Antarctica New Zealand
Private Bag 4745
City: Christchurch 8140
Country: New Zealand
Phone: +64 7 838 4593
Fax: +64 7 838 4218
Email: caryc at UDel.Edu
Email: c.cary at
Contact Address:
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Waikato
PO BOX 3105
City: Hamilton
Postal Code: 3105
Country: New Zealand
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Cary, S.C., McDonald, I.R., Barrett, J.E., Cowan, D.A. 2010. On the rocks: the microbiology of Antarctic Dry Valley soils. Nature reviews 8:129-138. doi:10.1038/nrmicro2281

Lee, C.K., B.A. Beatrice, E.M. Bottos, I.R. McDonald, and S.C. Cary. (2011) The Inter-Valley Soil Comparative Survey: the ecology of Dry Valley edaphic microbial communities ISME J. 10.1038/ismej.2011.170

3. Cowan, D.A., S.L. Chown, P. Convey, I.M. Tuffin, K. Hughes, S.B. Pointing, W.F. Vincent (2011) Non-indigenous microorganisms in the Antarctic?assessing the risks. Trends Microbiol. 19:540-548

5. Cowan, D.A., J.A. Sohm, T. Makhalanyane, D.G. Capone, T.G.A. Green, and S.C. Cary (2011) Hypolithic communities: important nitrogen sources in Antarctic desert soils, Envir. Microbiol. Rep. 3:581-586

Banks, J.C., Ross, P.M., Smith, T.E. 2010. Report of a mummified leopard seal carcass in the southern Dry Valleys, McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Antarctic science 22(1): 43-44. doi:10.1017/S0954102009990368
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2009-04-30
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23