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The salt marshes of the Westerschelde and their role in the estuarine ecosystem
Huiskes, A. (1988). The salt marshes of the Westerschelde and their role in the estuarine ecosystem, in: Hummel, H. et al. (Ed.) Hydrobiology and chemistry of the Schelde and Westerschelde: proceedings of the Schelde symposium (May 1987, Terneuzen, The Netherlands). pp. 57-63
In: Hummel, H. et al. (Ed.) (1988). Hydrobiology and chemistry of the Schelde and Westerschelde: proceedings of the Schelde symposium (May 1987, Terneuzen, The Netherlands). Delta Institute for Hydrobiological Research: Yerseke. VI, 67 pp., more

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  • Huiskes, A. (1988). The salt marshes of the Westerschelde and their role in the estuarine ecosystem. Hydrobiol. Bull. 22(1): 57-63, more

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    Westerschelde; salt marshes; carbon fluxes; nutrient fluxes

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Abstract
    The salt marshes along the Westerschelde estuary have been influenced by various human activities of which reclamation has been a major cause for the loss of salt marsh area. The salinity gradient in the aquatic system is also mirrored in the vegetation of salt marshes.The role of salt marshes for the estuary as a whole is manifold but a major importance is their function as a sink for anthropogenic substances.The possible role as a carbon and mineral source for the estuary is discussed in this paper. It is estimated that the total area of salt marsh adds about 8% to the organic matter input in the estuary while the nutrient input may be as high as 25%.

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