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The influence of seasonal salinity and turbidity maximum variations on the nursery function of the Loire estuary (France)
Marchand, J. (1993). The influence of seasonal salinity and turbidity maximum variations on the nursery function of the Loire estuary (France), in: Meire, P. et al. (Ed.) Marine and Estuarine Gradients: ECSA 21: Proceedings of the 21st Symposium of the Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association held in Gent, 9-14 september 1991. Netherlands Journal of Aquatic Ecology, 27(2-4): pp. 427-436
In: Meire, P.; Vincx, M. (Ed.) (1993). Marine and Estuarine Gradients: ECSA 21: Proceedings of the 21st Symposium of the Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association held in Gent, 9-14 september 1991. Netherlands Journal of Aquatic Ecology, 27(2-4). Netherlands Society of Aquatic Ecology: Bilthoven, The Netherlands. 496 pp., more
In: Netherlands Journal of Aquatic Ecology. Kluwer Academic Publishers/Netherlands Society of Aquatic Ecology: Bilthoven. ISSN 1380-8427, more
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  • Marchand, J. (1993). The influence of seasonal salinity and turbidity maximum variations on the nursery function of the Loire estuary (France). Neth. J. Aquat. Ecol. 27: 427-436, more

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    Marine; Brackish water

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  • Marchand, J.

Abstract
    In the Loire estuary which is a macrotidal estuary, the river flow and tides induce large seasonal variations in salinity gradients and in location and density of the turbidity maximum. These characteristics influence colonization patterns developed by juveniles of euryhaline fish populations (structure, distribution, density) and the dynamics of benthic communities which constitute their food resources. In some hydrological conditions, the upstream limit of the nursery function may be controlled by the turbidity maximum which induces anoxic conditions: reduction in densities or mass mortalities may be observed.

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