McMurdo Dry Valleys

Location

77° 0' 0" S, 162° 31' 12" E
Brief Site Description: 
McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER, Antarctica
Detailed Site Description: 

Habitat - Polar desert soils, lakes, and streams.

Research - Microbial ecosystem dynamics in arid soils, ephemeral streams, and  closed basin lakes; resource and environmental controls on terrestrial,  stream and lake ecosystems; material transport between aquatic and  terrestrial ecosystems; ecosystem response to greater hydrologic flux  driven by warming climate.

Field Site Type: 
US affiliate
Registration: 
Unregistered
Network(s): 
LTER
LTSE
Geology: 
unconsolidated materials
other sedimentary
other igneous
Soil Order: 
Gelisol
Average Winter Temperature: 
-65°C
Study Start Date: 
Wednesday, January 1, 1992 - 00:00
Mean Annual Precipitation: 
100millimeters / year
Average Annual Temperature: 
-22°C
Average Summer Temperature: 
0°C
Hydrology: Name: 
n/a
Hydrology: Surface water stream order: 
Second Order
Hydrology: Surface water - Stream Flow Performance: 
Ephemeral
Hydrology: Groundwater: 
Arrangment of Aquifer Components - Three unit system of an unconfined aquifer, confined aquifer and a confining bed
Land Cover: 
Perennial Ice/Snow
Barren Land
Climate: 
Polar
Sub-Climate: 
Unknown
Group visibility: 
Public - accessible to all site users