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Sea Ice, an Antarctic Habitat
A 'click-and-learn' sub site hosted by the Alfred Wegener Institute Foundation for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), this is a succinct, educational tour of sea-ice and its associated ecological communities. Short synopses introduce the dynamics of sea-ice formation, the microstructure of sea-ice (including crystal structure, brine channels, and ice algae), the effects of ice melt on resident organisms, the logistics of sea-ice research, and _land fast-ice_ and platelet ice habitats. Introductions also exist for the following organisms: krill; whales (i.e., Orcas, southern bottlenosesd dolphins, minke whales); sea birds (i.e., skuas and snow petrals), penguins (i.e., emperor, adelie, and chinstraps), and seals (i.e., weddell, crabeater, leopard, and ross.) Enlargeable thumbnail images accompany the habitat and inhabitant descriptions. Further investigations (at an accelerated level) are prompted with the inclusion of bibliographic references and scientific research presentations (in PDF format) on fast-ice and platelet ice, as well as links to the main site for the AWI.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Field trip - virtual
  • Visual:
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Cryology
  • Ecology
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Biological oceanography
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
The contents of this Web site are copyrighted. All figures and photographs on the Webpages of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) are property of the AWI and must not be copied or distributed without permission by the AWI.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-000-867
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Alfred Wegener Institute Foundation for Polar and Marine Research'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: G. Dieckmann
Alfred Wegner Institute Foundation for Polar and Marine Research