Of holes and depressions on the great barrier reef coast - and a physict's toolbox to study them
Stieglitz, T., and Ridd, P. (2011) Of holes and depressions on the great barrier reef coast - and a physict's toolbox to study them. In: Abstracts from the Third Nereis Park Conference: benthic processes in a globally changing environment, pp. 29-30. From: Third Nereis Park Conference: benthic processes in a globally changing environment, 29-31 August 2011, Kristineberg, Sweden.
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Like any other coastline of the world, the Great Barrier Reef's coast and seafloor is riddled with holes and depressions created by burrowing animals. We present an overview over studies of tidal irrigation of crustacean burrows in mangrove forests, and of mysterious (and not so mysterious) biogenic holes and mounds on the seafloor, surrounding coral reefs and shipwrecks. The important role of crustacean burrows to the health of mangrove forests will be discussed, and the role of seafloor bioturbators as habitat engineers for coral assemblages will be demonstrated.
A geophysical toolbox will be presented, which includes (a) centimeter-scale geoelectric methods to locate macroscopic burrows and investigate water flux through burrows, (b) mass balance of the natural radionuclide 222Rn to determine water exchange between mangrove forests and creeks (forest-scale) and (c) high resolution 3D mapping of the seafloor with multibeam echosounders to study the morphology of bioturbation features in greater than diving depth (decimeter to kilometer scale).
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