The Biology of Soft Shores and Estuaries
By (author) Colin Little
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Biology of Soft Shores and Estuaries by Colin Little
Book DescriptionThere 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 book focuses 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 opportunities that have been taken to counteract these abuses.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198504269
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 30-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Colin Little
Colonisation of Land, Paperback (April 2009)
The book traces the ways in which terrestrial animals have evolved from aquatic ancestors.
Biology of Rocky Shores, Hardback (March 2009)
This book is about how animals and plants on rocky seashores live - how they feed, grow, reproduce and interact, and why they are found in particular places but not in others. It discusses why some shores appear so different from others, and it analyses the ways in which human influence has altered so many.
Terrestrial Invasion, Paperback (June 1990)» View all books by Colin Little
The theme of this book is the invasion of land by animal lines which originated in aquatic environments.
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Author Biography - Colin Little
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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