Regional Assessment of Soil Change in Antarctica
Balks, M. R. (2015). Regional Assessment of Soil Change in Antarctica. In Status of the World’s Soil Resources: Main Report (pp. 520–526). Rome, Italy: Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.
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Antarctica has a total area of 13.9 × 106 km², of which 44 890 km² (0.32 percent) is ice-free (Fox and Cooper, 1994; British Antarctic Survey, 2005) with potential for soil development. Ice free areas are mainly confined to the Antarctic Peninsula, a few places around the perimeter of the continent and along the Transantarctic Mountains. The largest ice-free area (approximately 5 000 km²) is the McMurdo Dry Valleys in the Ross Sea Region.
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