Sci. Mar. 63(Suppl.1): 1999 511 pages
Magellan-Antarctic: ecosystems that drifted apart
Edited by W.E. Arntz and C. Ríos

The special relationship between the southern part of the South American continent, the Magellan Province, and the Antarctic has its origin in the common past of the two regions as part of the Gondwana continent, and in their close vicinity up to the present day as compared to the distances between Antarctica and the other surrounding continents. Both factors, as well as periods of isolation and interchange, radiation and extinction in the past, are reflected in the present-day marine fauna and flora on either side of the Drake Passage, representing a singular case of ecosystem change and evolution on our planet.

This volume is an attempt at summarizing part of the available information on the marine life of the Magellan region and its relations to Antarctic biota. It mainly contains the Proceedings of an international meeting on the subject organized by the Alfred Wegener Institute of Polar and Marine Research (Germany) and the Universidad de Magallanes (UMAG), Chile, and held at the UMAG, Punta Arenas in April 1997.

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