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Het 'bijzondere' van de Schelde: de abiotiek van het Schelde-estuarium

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Original languageDutch
JournalDe Levende Natuur: tijdschrift voor Natuurbehoud en Natuurbeheer
Number of pages3
ISSN0024-1520
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Abstract

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.

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