Tidal Flat Ecology

An Experimental Approach to Species Interactions

  • Karsten Reise

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 54)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Introduction

    1. Karsten Reise
      Pages 1-5
  3. The Tidal Flat Ecotone

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Karsten Reise
      Pages 17-24
    3. Karsten Reise
      Pages 25-34
    4. Karsten Reise
      Pages 35-53
  4. Experiments on Tidal Flats

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Karsten Reise
      Pages 57-62
    3. Karsten Reise
      Pages 63-74
    4. Karsten Reise
      Pages 75-100
    5. Karsten Reise
      Pages 101-107
    6. Karsten Reise
      Pages 108-118
    7. Karsten Reise
      Pages 119-145
    8. Karsten Reise
      Pages 146-157
    9. Karsten Reise
      Pages 158-166
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 167-194

About this book

Introduction

The tidal coastline presents a fascinating ecological world. Rocky shores with their recurrent zonation of algae and sessile invertebrates demonstrate the orderliness of nature, apparently obeying general explan­ atory principles. The niche theory could just as well have hatched out of the tight species-packing on the coral reef flats. Fluxes of carbon and nitrogen are best studied in mangroves and salt marshes with their outstanding primary productivity; the bare mud and sands of the tidal flats are different. Their ecological treasures are well concealed, and perhaps not to everybody's taste. Pick up a piece of tidal sediment and see how it resembles a large, rotten cheese! It smells, is slimy and sticky, is punched with holes and crowded with various worms. Tidal flats receive detritus from both the land and the sea. They sup­ port a rich benthic community which attracts birds from far distant breeding grounds, and serves as a nursery for crabs, shrimp and fish. Tidal flats are a busy ecological turntable. They import low valued organic matter, and they export well-fed birds to the land and grown-up fish to the sea. They offer ideal opportunities for aquaculture but are also used as dumping grounds for industrial wastes. All this may call for a marine ecologist to investigate the basic processes involved. Yet there is still another reason.

Keywords

Mangrove aquaculture ecology fish invertebrates lake nitrogen

Authors and affiliations

  • Karsten Reise
    • 1
  1. 1.LitoralstationList/SyltGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-70495-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-70497-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-70495-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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