As part of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, a systematic sampling program has been undertaken to monitor the the glacial meltwater streams in the region. Measurements are regularly made to examine water= quality and quantity, as well as chemical and biological properties. The stream descriptions table serves as an index of the streams that have been studied. It documents the streams' basins and lengths, and provides a brief desciption of the landscape in which the streams are found.
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Since streams are a critical link in the trophic interactions and biogeochemical cycles of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, streams located throughout the area were chosen for the long-term study. A brief description of each of the streams was obtained from relevant literature as well as the hydrologists involved in the study. Stream reach was determined for some of these streams and varied in length from 0.3 kilometers to 40 kilometers.