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The Biology of Temporary Waters$
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D. Dudley Williams

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198528128

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528128.001.0001

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Influential environmental factors

Influential environmental factors

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(p.25) CHAPTER 3 Influential environmental factors
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The Biology of Temporary Waters
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D. Dudley Williams

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528128.003.0003

It is proposed that extreme environments, such as temporary waters, strongly influence molecular and morphological evolution by altering mutation rates and exposing cryptic variation. This chapter examines the influence of major parameters, such as water balance, hydroperiod, and temperature on the biota. It concludes by considering biological influences, suggesting that the strength of their influence is dependent on hydroperiod.

Keywords:   extreme environments, evolution, hydroperiod, water balance, temperature, physicochemical parameters, biological influences

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