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The Estuarine Ecosystem: Ecology, Threats and Management

Donald S. McLusky and Michael Elliott

Abstract

For the inhabitants of many of the world's major cities and towns, estuaries provide their nearest glimpse of a natural habitat; a habitat which, despite the attempts of man to pollute or reclaim it, has remained a fascinating insight into a natural world where energy is transformed from sunlight into plant material, and then, through the steps of a food chain, is converted into a rich food supply for birds and fish. This book first outlines the estuarine environment and the physical and biological factors that are important within it. It then examines the responses of the animals and plants t ... More

Keywords: estuary, brackish waters, transitional waters, ecosystem, energy transfer, pollution, coastal zone management

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780198525080
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525080.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald S. McLusky, author
University of Stirling, UK

Michael Elliott, author
University of Hull, UK

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