The Tidal Flats of Königshafen
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Hypotheses and generalizations put forward by ecologists are tacitly biased by the kind of ecosystem they are best acquainted with. This is probably inevitable. In this chapter I disclose my personal background: the tidal flats of Königshafen, a sheltered bay on the island of Sylt in the eastern part of the North Sea (Fig. 5.1). I have seen (and read about) other tidal flats in the world, but the experiments described in Chapters 7 to 11 were all done in this area. The reader is invited to trace the limitations in my ecological outlook back to the peculiarities of this environment and its organisms.
KeywordsTidal Flat Mytilus Edulis Benthic Macrofauna Macoma Balthica Sandy Flat
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