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Biocomplexity of Patterned Ground: Mould Bay Expedition


A team of 24 people from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and other organizations worked at Inuvik, NorthWest Territories (NWT) and Mould Bay, Prince Patrick Island, NWT during the period 12-27 July 2004, as part of the "Biocomplexity associated with biogeochemical cycles in arctic frost-boil ecosystems" project. This year's work was the third in a 5-year project. The main objective of the research is to investigate the properties of small patterned-ground ecosystems along a climate gradient from the coldest parts of the Arctic to the northern boreal forest. The team is studying earth hummocks, non-sorted circles, small non-sorted polygons, and turf hummocks - how they form, how they vary with climate and substrate, and their role in total ecosystem functions.

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  • 1.0 (2009-04-21)
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Spatial Type multiple
Frequency no set schedule
Language English
Grant Code 0120736
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  • geoscientificInformation
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Temporal coverage

Begin datetime 2004-07-12 00:00:00
End datetime 2004-07-27 23:59:59

Spatial coverage

Map data from IBCSO, IBCAO, and Global Topography.

Maximum (North) Latitude: 76.23611, Minimum (South) Latitude: 76.22611
Minimum (West) Longitude: -119.30694, Maximum (East) Longitude: -119.29611

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Hilmar A. Maier <>

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Munger, C., et al. 2009. Biocomplexity of Patterned Ground: Mould Bay Expedition. Version 1.0. UCAR/NCAR - Earth Observing Laboratory. Accessed 16 Jan 2021.

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