With 50 Figures and 18 Tables
Professor Dr. Roberto Bargagli University of Siena
Department of Environmental Sciences Via P.A.Mattioli,4 53100 Siena Italy email: [email protected]
Cover illustration: A view of an iceberg in the Ross Sea from an ice-free area on Prior Island (northern Victoria Land, Antarctica)
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To Guido and Pietro, the grandchildren born when I was writing this book, wishing them a world where man will be reconciled with the environment
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