Mangroves and seagrasses

Duke, N.C., and Larkum, A.W.D. (2008) Mangroves and seagrasses. In: Hutchings, Pat, Kingsford, Mike, and Hoegh-Guldberg, Ove, (eds.) The Great Barrier Reef: Biology, Environment and Management. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, VIC, pp. 156-170.

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Sandwiched between two of the world’s iconic tropical ecosystems of coral reefs and rain forests, are two more arguably no-less important coastal habitats of mangroves and seagrasses. While corals flourish in shallow warm seas, and rainforests cover wetter upland regions, between lie the mangroves of sheltered intertidal margins barely above mean sea level, and seagrasses below this and deeper in clearer waters. These biota-structured ecosystems play an important role in coastal processes with highly-developed linkages and connectivity between, including those with neighbouring coral reefs and rainforests. These relationships appear vital to the survival of each. For example, while sediment-loving mangroves depend on waters sheltered by coral reef structures, they in turn protect hypersensitive corals from excessive sediments and nutrients coming down from surrounding catchments.

Item ID: 48526
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-643-09827-5
Keywords: mangroves; seagrass; habitat; coral reef; Great Barrier Reef; GBR; Queensland; Australia; IWP; Pacific; Coral Sea
Date Deposited: 09 May 2017 04:27
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050102 Ecosystem Function @ 30%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 30%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0603 Evolutionary Biology > 060302 Biogeography and Phylogeography @ 40%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960503 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960802 Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 40%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences @ 30%
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