Ecological Studies in the Coastal Waters of Mauritania

Ecological Studies in the Coastal Waters of Mauritania : Proceedings of a Symposium Held at Leiden, the Netherlands, March 25-27, 1991

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This volume on the ecology of Mauritanian coastal waters and in particular the Banc d'Arguin, explores the functioning of this remarkable coastal wetland. Major questions concern the interaction between the Banc d'Arguin ecosystem on the one hand, and the adjoining systems of the open ocean with its intensive upwelling phenomena and the Sahara desert on the other.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands, United States
  • English
  • 079232322X
  • 9780792323228

Table of contents

Hydrology and underwater climate of the Banc d'Arguin - a review; Wind, surface water temperature, surface salinity and pollution in Banc d'Arguin; Hydrographical observations West of the Banc d'Arguin; Remote sensing of sea surface and coastal area of the Golfe d'Arguin; Heavy metals (Cu, Zn, Pb, Cd) in sediment, zooplankton, and epibenthic invertebrates from the area of the continental slope of the Banc d'Arguin; Leaf dynamics and standing stocks of intertidal Zostera noltii Hornem, and Cymodocea nodosa (Ucria) Ascherson on the Banc d'Arguin; Periphyton density and shading in relation to tidal depth and fiddler crab activity in intertidal seagrass beds of the Banc d'Arguin; Primary production and distribution of phytopigments in the water column and sediments on the upwelling shelf off the Mauritanian coast (Northwest Africa); Distribution of sponges on the Mauritanian continental shelfs; The benthic infauna and benthic respiration off the Banc d'Arguin; Patterns in pelagic and benthic nanoflagellate densities in the coastal upwelling system along the Banc d'Arguin; Zooplankton distribution in the coastal upwelling system along the Banc d'Arguin; Biomass of benthic tidal flat fauna of the Banc d'Arguin; The trawl fauna of the Mauritanian shelf - density, species composition, and biomass; Food items of the Grey Mullet Mugil cephalus in the Banc d'Arguin area; The distribution and abundance of young fish on the Banc d'Arguin; Seabirds in the shelf edge waters bordering the Banc d'Arguin in May The functioning of the ecosystem of the Banc d'Arguin - a review.
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