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Ecology of Dunes, Salt Marsh and Shingle

By: JR Packham and AJ Willis

334 pages, B/w photos, line illus, figs, tabs

Chapman & Hall

Hardback | Dec 1997 | #43075 | ISBN: 0412579804
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NHBS Price: £170.50 $209/€192 approx

About this book

Describes and interprets the complex interactions between coastal organisms and the winds, tides and other water movements which shape the silt, sand and shingle of these ecosystems. |The book deals with: primary production from a systems approach; the strategies of key species; ecosystem dynamics; the operation of ecological processes; environmental impacts of pollution, drainage and water abstraction and recent increases in invasive species; effects of sea level changes, and coastal management and conservation. An immensely useful synthesis of current knowledge.


Primary production - the autotrophs; water, nutrients and ionic relationships; salt marshes and the tides; salt marsh dynamics; sand dunes - intitiation, development and function; sand dune dynamics; shingle beaches, spits, bars and barrier islands; environmental impacts; variation in sea level and climatic change; coastal management and conservation. English and Latin names of some common coastal organisms.

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