The Biology of Soft Shores and Estuaries

Paperback | March 1, 2000

byColin Little

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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 bookfocuses 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 opportunitiesthat have been taken to counteract these abuses.

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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 bookfocuses on marine and estuarine soft sediments as...

Dr Colin Little is a series editor of the Biology of Habitats series and author of the first volume in the 4eries, The biology of rocky shores

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Format:PaperbackPublished:March 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198504268

ISBN - 13:9780198504269

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: organisms, sediments, and water movements2. The world of particles: a variety of habitats3. The coarse extreme: life on sandy beaches4. A fine option: life on mudflats and in seagrass beds5. Salt marshes and mangrove swamps6. Life at the bottom: sublittoral sediments and community structure7. Estuarine habitats and coastal lagoons8. The estuarine benthos and its distribution9. Life in the estuarine water column10. Estuarine ecosystems11. Uses and abuses: human impact and counter-measuresFurther reading; References; Glossary; Appendix; Index

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