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Anna's Antarctica: A Combat-Fishing(TM) Book Paperback – January 20, 2011
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From the Author
Antarctica is a hostile land for people, but its edges are home to many species. The Southern Ocean (a virtual ocean without a basin composed of bits of the Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic Oceans, but with lots of life) has up-wells from deep water, and where it merges with the ice and nutrients from Antarctica, life booms. I begin with microorganisms like algae and diatoms to krill, a euphausiid crustacean (fancy terms for a shrimp-like animal with lots of legs) that links the whole thing together. Krill are a keystone species, and like the keystone in an arch, hold the ecosystem together, from the whales, birds, seals, and fish that directly eat them, to the whales, seals, fish and birds that eat those. Among those fish are icefish, that have special sugars that keep their blood from freezing, and others like silverfish and toothfish. Penguins eat krill, but also eat squids and fishes that eat krill. Leopard seals eat seals and penguins, which in turn ate krill. Colossal squids eat fish. You get the picture. Added to this complexity, is a community of sponges, soft corals, and mollusks found usually on only the deepest bottoms of the deepest seas. The deepest waters of the world are waters from the Antarctic and Arctic, carried by currents, and up-welling off sunnier coasts to feed warmer water species.
About the Author
Bryce L. Meyer has authored and illustrated two prior children's books on nature (Paiges Book of Fishes and Whales, Dolphin and Manatee Friends End to End) He holds graduate degrees in biology and engineering, and has thousands of hours in the field and at sea doing research (and fishing). He has taught at the collegiate level, though likes teaching to the younger set more. While his day to day work is very technical (see his technical publications), he spends lots of time with his nieces and nephew, to whom these books are dedicated.
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