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About this book
About this book
The present book represents a unique survey of recent Russian research on element cycling in the ocean, with new data on the Aral Sea. It takes the form of a broad-scale review of organic matter cycling in the world's oceans and in particular the working of marginal filters. It offers an up-to-date survey of sediment ecology and key aspects, such as spatial scaling, the effect of nutrients and trawling in benthic systems.
Preface. List of Contributors. Geochemistry of organic carbon in the ocean; E.A. Romankevich, et al. Primary production and decomposition of organic matter in coastal areas of the Northern Aral Sea, with special reference to land-sea interactions; M.I. Orlova. Biogeochemistry of water and sediment in the Ob and Yenisey estuaries; V.V. Gordeev. The continental-ocean boundary as a marginal filter in the world oceans; A.P. Lisitzin. Unjustifiably ignored: reflections on the role of benthos in marine ecosystems; W.E. Arntz, et al. Understanding small-scale processes controlling the bioavailability of organic contaminants to deposit-feeding benthos; T.L. Forbes. The role of the marine gastropod Cerithium vulgatum in the biogeochemical cycling of metals; A. Nicolaidou, J.A. Nott. Changes in macrozoobenthos communities induced by anthropogenic eutrophication of the Gulf of Gdansk; A. Szaniawska, et al. Do benthic animals control the particle exchange between bioturbated sediments and benthic turbidity zones? G. Graf. Impact of catchment land-use on an estuarine benthic food web; D. Raffaelli. Natural variability and the effects of fisheries in the North Sea: towards an integrated fisheries and ecosystem management? M.J.N. Bergman, H.J. Lindeboom. Community composition of tidal flats on Spitsbergen: consequence of disturbance? J.M. Weslawski, M. Szymelfenig. The problem of scale: uncertainties and implications for soft-bottom marine communities and the assessment of human impacts; S.F. Thrush, et al. Understanding the sea floor landscape in relation to impact assessment and environmental management in coastal marine sediments; R.N. Zajac. Conclusions and Recommendations; J.S. Gray, et al. Index.