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Ecology of Dunes, Salt Marsh and Shingle - John R. Packham

Ecology of Dunes, Salt Marsh and Shingle

Hardcover Published: 30th September 1997
ISBN: 9780412579806
Number Of Pages: 335

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Life in coastal sand dunes, salt marshes and shingle banks presents a variety of challenges to their inhabitants. By describing the interactions of coastal organisms with the physical processes shaping the granular deposits within and on which they live, the authors illuminate many aspects of adaptation, population dynamics, community ecology, zonation and ecophysiology. A wide range of biological principles and geomorphological features are illustrated and there is lively discussion of the relevant aspects of applied biology, environmental threat and conservation management. Well-chosen examples and case studies have been drawn from coastal systems around the world, particularly those of the British Isles, continental Europe and North America.

Introduction and primary concepts
Primary and secondary production: the autotrophs and their associates
Water and ionic relationships: plant adaptations to coastal environments
Salt marshes: tides, time and function
Salt-marsh dynamics and communities
Sand dunes: initiation, development and function
Sand dune-dynamics and communities
Coastal shingle
Environmental impacts
Variation in sea level and climatic change
Coastal management and conservation
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ISBN: 9780412579806
ISBN-10: 0412579804
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 335
Published: 30th September 1997
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.95