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Marine intertidal community responses to Kraft pulp mill effluent

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An attempt was made to evaluate the effects of effluent discharged from a British Columbia kraft pulp mill on sessile marine community structure. Physical oceanographic data coupled with qualitative and quantitative considerations of the intertidal area were evaluated with respect to the implied effects on community structure and diversity. Manipulative experiments involved development of diatom communities on glass slides and the subsequent transfer of such communities to and from polluted zones. Changes in experimental community structure occurring as the result of such manipulation were then compared with control communities. The hypothesis of pulp mill effluent having no effect on community structure was rejected.

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Robin, J., Harger, E. & Nassichuk, M.D. Marine intertidal community responses to Kraft pulp mill effluent. Water Air Soil Pollut 3, 107–122 (1974). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00282731

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Keywords

  • Diatom Community
  • Pulp Mill
  • Secchi Disk Depth
  • Water Pollution Control Federation
  • Kraft Pulp Mill