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Title: Ecology of the seagrasses of south Florida: a community profile

Abstract

A detailed description is given of the community structure and ecosystem processes of the seagrass ecosystems of south Florida. This description is based upon a compilation of information from numerous published and unpublished sources. The material covered includes distribution, systematics, physiology, and growth of the plants, as well as succession and community development. The role of seagrass ecosystems in providing both food and shelter for juveniles as well as foraging grounds for larger organisms is treated in detail. Emphasis is given to the functional role of seagrass communities in the overall coastal marine system. The final section considers the impacts of human development on seagrass ecosystems and their value to both man and the natural system. Because seagrass systems are fully submerged and less visually obvious, recognition of their value as a natural resource has been slower than that of the emergent coastal communities. They must, however, be treated as a valuable natural resource and preserved from further degradation.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Virginia Univ., Charlottesville (USA). Dept. of Environmental Sciences
OSTI Identifier:
6725184
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 6725184; Legacy ID: DE83900362
Report Number(s):
FWS/OBS-82/25
ON: DE83900362
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Portions of document are illegible
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; FLORIDA; GRASS; ECOLOGY; AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS; AQUATIC ORGANISMS; COASTAL WATERS; COMMUNITIES; ECOLOGICAL SUCCESSION; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; FOOD CHAINS; MAN; PRODUCTIVITY; ANIMALS; ECOSYSTEMS; FEDERAL REGION IV; MAMMALS; NORTH AMERICA; PLANTS; PRIMATES; SURFACE WATERS; USA; VERTEBRATES 520100* -- Environment, Aquatic-- Basic Studies-- (-1989)

Citation Formats

Zieman, J.C.. Ecology of the seagrasses of south Florida: a community profile. United States: N. p., 1982. Web.
Zieman, J.C.. Ecology of the seagrasses of south Florida: a community profile. United States.
Zieman, J.C.. Wed . "Ecology of the seagrasses of south Florida: a community profile". United States.
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abstractNote = {A detailed description is given of the community structure and ecosystem processes of the seagrass ecosystems of south Florida. This description is based upon a compilation of information from numerous published and unpublished sources. The material covered includes distribution, systematics, physiology, and growth of the plants, as well as succession and community development. The role of seagrass ecosystems in providing both food and shelter for juveniles as well as foraging grounds for larger organisms is treated in detail. Emphasis is given to the functional role of seagrass communities in the overall coastal marine system. The final section considers the impacts of human development on seagrass ecosystems and their value to both man and the natural system. Because seagrass systems are fully submerged and less visually obvious, recognition of their value as a natural resource has been slower than that of the emergent coastal communities. They must, however, be treated as a valuable natural resource and preserved from further degradation.},
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year = {Wed Sep 01 00:00:00 EDT 1982},
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