Arid Ecosystems

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 244–249 | Cite as

Spatial functional organization of ecotones on shores of intermittent lake Bulukhta (North Caspian lowland)

  • M. B. Shadrina
  • A. V. Bykov
  • A. V. Kolesnikov
  • N. P. Shabanova
Applied Problems of Arid Lands Development

Abstract

The spatial organization of nature systems on shores of lake Bulukhta with variable water level (North Precaspian lowland) was examined by field investigations. The regularities of the composition and spatial structure of the soil-vegetation cover and the peculiarities of the seasonal dynamics and mineralization of the water table were determined. The possibility of applying the ecotone concept as a methodological approach when studying the spatial and functional organization of the soil-vegetation cover and the dynamics of shores of lakes with variable water levels under arid climate conditions has been presented.

Keywords

ecotone spatial and functional organization ecosystems dynamic soil-vegetation cover complex species weald groundwater mineralization 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. B. Shadrina
    • 1
  • A. V. Bykov
    • 2
  • A. V. Kolesnikov
    • 2
  • N. P. Shabanova
    • 2
  1. 1.Water Problems Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences RussiaMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Institute of Forest Science of Russian Academy of Sciences RussiaUspenskoeRussia

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