Nowadays, when the interest of biologists turn more and more towards
the living creatures of the extreme environments, publications like
this one, are of great importance. This - as accustomed from the
series Bibliotheca Diatomologica - high-level edition, deals with the
diatoms of the Antarctic saline lakes. The authors surveyed the
sediment surface of | 33 lakes. The accurate location of these lakes
is indicated on an excellent map.
Parallel with the sampling, the chemical parameters of the lakes were
measured, too and this way the influence of these environmental
variables on the diatom flora can be followed. The water chemistry
data and the diatom distribution are related by the help of canonical
The volume contains 3 figures, 2 tables, 1 appendix and 9 plates. In
the main chapter a morphological characterisation of 67 species is
shown, including description of two new species for the science. The
distribution of these taxa is shown by an exquisite table, while the
identification of them is made easier by the 9 plates, which contain
EM-micrographs, too. About the ecology and distribution of diatoms a
detailed description is available in every case.
This book is recommendable for everybody, who is concerning with the
ecological demands of diatoms or with the diatoms of extreme
environments, but it is a useful and enjoyable lecture for the
specialists of other spheres among the algological sciences.
Acta Botanica Hungarica 43 (1-2) 2001, p. 225