The Scheldt estuary is a vast ecosystem in which powerful natural forces prevail. Tidal action is a key element in the functioning of the estuary. The combination of tide and discharge results in a salinity gradient that is characterized by strong variations in the brackish part. The estuary is a highly turbidsystem. The load of suspended solids is determined by acomplex mix of factors. The dynamic interactions of the physicochemical and morphological parameters lead to a range of various habitats, with highly fluctuating conditions. This, together with the very heavy human impact, both morphological and chemical makes the estuary a very stressed environment in which the survival of plants and animals requires special adaptations.
|Journal||De Levende Natuur: tijdschrift voor Natuurbehoud en Natuurbeheer|
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
Thematic List 2020