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The geometric features, shape factors and fractal dimensions of suspended particulate matter in the Scheldt Estuary (Belgium)
Billiones, R.G.; Tackx, M.L.; Daro, M.H. (1999). The geometric features, shape factors and fractal dimensions of suspended particulate matter in the Scheldt Estuary (Belgium), in: VLIZ Coll. Rep. 29(1999). VLIZ Collected Reprints: Marine and Coastal Research in Flanders, 29: pp. chapter 5
In: (1999). VLIZ Coll. Rep. 29(1999). VLIZ Collected Reprints: Marine and Coastal Research in Flanders, 29. Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ): Oostende, more
In: VLIZ Collected Reprints: Marine and Coastal Research in Flanders. Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee: Oostende. ISSN 1376-3822, more

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  • Billiones, R.G.; Tackx, M.L.; Daro, M.H. (1999). The geometric features, shape factors and fractal dimensions of suspended particulate matter in the Scheldt Estuary (Belgium). Est., Coast. and Shelf Sci. 48(3): 293-305. hdl.handle.net/10.1006/ecss.1999.0420, more

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Keywords
    Detritus; Estuaries; Fractals; Fractals; Fractals; Particle size; Sedimentation; Suspended particulate matter; Water sampling; Zooplankton; Bacillariophyceae [WoRMS]; Calanoida [WoRMS]; Cladocera [WoRMS]; Cyclopoida [WoRMS]; Plantae [WoRMS]; Belgium [Marine Regions]; Belgium, Zeeschelde [Marine Regions]; Marine

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Abstract
    Water samples from the Scheldt estuary were collected in three fractions: (a) unfiltered water, (b) water filtered through a 50 µm net and (c) water filtered through a 300 µm net. Particles easily recognisable from the majority of the amorphous particles were isolated and their geometric dimensions measured. From the measurements, shapefactors were calculated. Measurement of fractal dimensions was attempted. From the first fraction, the particles isolated and measured were circular and chained diatoms. In the second fraction, zooplankters were easily distinguishable and representatives of the three dominant groups (cladocerans, cyclopoids and calanoids) were measured. In the third fraction, detrital pieces from monocotyledon and dicotyledon plants were recognised, isolated and measured. Fractal dimensions were only measurable in particles from fraction 3. The geometric features, shape factors and fractal dimensions of the particles were tested and proven to be effective ‘fingerprints’ to distinguish these particles from the majority of the unidentifiable amorphous particles in the samples.

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  • Distribution of suspended matter in the Scheldt estuary and interaction with mesozooplankton, more

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