Soil properties and distributions of invertebrates and bacteria from King George Island (Arctowski Station), maritime Antarctic
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- Bölter, M., Blume, HP., Schneider, D. et al. Polar Biol (1997) 18: 295. doi:10.1007/s003000050191
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Soils of the Admiralty Bay region at King George Island, maritime Antarctic are described and analysed for invertebrates and microorganisms. Results showed a great variety of soils: cambisols, umbrisols, regosols, podzols, leptosols, gleysols and relic ornithogenic soils were found. Surface layers, especially of cambisols, umbrisols and podzols, showed a diverse fauna, governed by nematodes, collemboles and mites. The bacterial flora is analysed for total counts and biomass distribution in different layers using epifluorescence microscopy. Influences of soil organic matter can be described by different patterns of mean bacterial cell volumes related to soil cover and depth distributions.