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Developments in Hydrobiology

Ecological Studies in the Coastal Waters of Mauritania

Proceedings of a Symposium held at Leiden, The Netherlands 25–27 March 1991

Editors: Wolff, W.J., van der Land, J., Nienhuis, P.H., de Wilde, P.A.W.J. (Eds.)

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This volume on the ecology of Mauritanian coastal waters and in particular the Banc d'Arguin, allows us to understand 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. Is the Banc d'Arguin ecosystem relatively isolated from its surroundings and does it function as a tropical pocket in a more temperate surrounding, as suggested by Sevrin-Reyssac (1983); or does it interact with both the Sahara and the Atlantic Ocean?
At the Banc d'Arguin, the area between the estuarine parts and the open ocean is extremely shallow and largely uncharted. Large research vessels cannot penetrate the shallows, whereas small vessels are often unable to negotiate the outer part of the shallow area due to rough weather conditions. Hence, separate teams report on work at the seaward side of this shallow sill and at the landward side. In addition, other teams address different questions, such as the productivity of the seagrass beds and the benthic fauna, the number of birds spending the summer at the Banc d'Arguin, and the distribution of several taxonomic groups of flora and fauna.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

Table of contents (18 chapters)
  • Hydrology and underwater climate of the Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania: a review

    Pages 1-8

    Sevrin-Reyssac, J.

  • Wind, surface water temperature, surface salinity and pollution in the area of the Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania

    Pages 9-19

    Dedah, Sidina ould

  • Hydrographical observations west of the Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania, in May 1988

    Pages 21-32

    Loktionov, Y.

  • Remote sensing of sea surface and coastal features in the area of the Golfe d’Arguin, Mauritania

    Pages 33-40

    Cuq, F.

  • Heavy metals (Cu, Zn, Pb, Cd) in sediment, Zooplankton and epibenthic invertebrates from the area of the continental slope of the Banc d’Arguin (Mauritania)

    Pages 41-58

    Everaarts, J. M. (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ecological Studies in the Coastal Waters of Mauritania
Book Subtitle
Proceedings of a Symposium held at Leiden, The Netherlands 25–27 March 1991
Editors
  • W.J. Wolff
  • J. van der Land
  • Piet H. Nienhuis
  • P.A.W.J. de Wilde
Series Title
Developments in Hydrobiology
Series Volume
86
Copyright
1993
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-1986-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-1986-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-4877-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 222
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