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The Biology of Soft Shores and Estuaries (Biology of Habitats)

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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 segrass 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 whoch 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.

Synopsis:

Aims to fill a gap in the literature for a text on estuarine biology which also deals with marine soft shores. The book focuses on marine and estuarine soft sediments as complex and essential habitats for an astonishing variety of animals and plants whose lives are bound up with sediment structure.

Synopsis:

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 segrass 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 whoch 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.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [222]-236) and index.

Table of Contents

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 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 impacts and counter-measures

Further reading

References

Glossary

Appendix: A brief classification of selected organisms

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780198504269
Author:
Little, Colin
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Location:
Oxford ;
Subject:
Seashore biology
Subject:
Coastal ecology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - Marine Biology
Subject:
Marine Biiology
Subject:
Life Sciences | Ecology | Animal Behavior
Subject:
Estuarine ecology
Subject:
Nature Studies-Ocean and Marine Biology
Series:
Biology of habitats
Series Volume:
PNW-GTR-461
Publication Date:
20000631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
95 line illus
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9.18x6.20x.56 in. .83 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Aims to fill a gap in the literature for a text on estuarine biology which also deals with marine soft shores. The book focuses on marine and estuarine soft sediments as complex and essential habitats for an astonishing variety of animals and plants whose lives are bound up with sediment structure.
"Synopsis" by , 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 segrass 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 whoch 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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