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The Biology of Soft Shores and Estuaries : Biology of Habitats - Colin Little

The Biology of Soft Shores and Estuaries

Biology of Habitats

Paperback Published: 30th March 2000
ISBN: 9780198504269
Number Of Pages: 264

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There is no up-to-date book on estuarine biology, and nothing at all that deals with marine soft shores as well as estuarine ones. This latest addition to the Biology of Habitats series corrects this omission and will complement The biology of rocky shores, by the same author. This book focuses on marine and estuarine soft sediments as complex and essential habitats for an astonishing variety of animals and plants whose lifestyles are intimately bound up with sediment structure. It discusses sediments as habitats first, then takes in turn the ecosystems found on sandy shores, mudflats and seagrass beds, salt marshes and mangrove swamps, and life below the tidemarks. Adaptations of the organisms are fully described, and each chapter ends with a section on techniques. Later chapters discuss estuarine and lagoonal habitats, both of which contain primarily soft sediments, but add further complicating characteristics to those found in the sea. A discussion of estuarine food webs emphasizes the ways in which organisms interact. The book ends with a discussion of the ways in which marine and estuarine soft sediments have been abused by man, and some of the opportunities that have been taken to counteract these abuses.

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" a comprehensive source of technical and practical information for anyone with an interest in marine and estuarine ecosystem." Sherkin Comment

1: Introduction: organisms, sediments, and water movements 2: The world of particles: a variety of habitats 3: The coarse extreme: life on sandy beaches 4: A fine option: life on mudflats and in seagrass beds 5: Salt marshes and mangrove swamps 6: Life at the bottom: sublittoral sediments and community structure 7: Estuarine habitats and coastal lagoons 8: The estuarine benthos and its distribution 9: Life in the estuarine water column 10: Estuarine ecosystems 11: Uses and abuses: human impact and counter-measures Further reading; References; Glossary; Appendix; Index

ISBN: 9780198504269
ISBN-10: 0198504268
Series: Biology of Habitats
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 30th March 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.75  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.38

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