The South Florida ecosystem is complex and dynamic. The evolution of the ecosystem has been influenced by the influx of freshwater related to natural hydroperiods in the Everglades wetland, to hurricane events, and to sea-level rise, as well as to anthropogenic changes, such as alteration of the natural hydroperiod and changes in flow between Florida Bay and the Atlantic. Reduced fish and shellfish populations, altered seagrass densities and die-offs (Robblee et al., 1991), and increased phytoplankton blooms show that the ecosystem has undergone significant change, the causes of which remain poorly understood (VanArman, 1984; Boesch et al., 1993). While there have been detailed studies of aquatic animals and vegetation conditions, changes in the benthic community have not been as rigorously addressed.
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- Benthic Foraminiferal Distributions in South Florida
Scott E. Ishman
- Springer US
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