|The microbial ecology of the Bristol Channel|
Joint, I.R. (1984). The microbial ecology of the Bristol Channel. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 15(2): 62-66
In: Marine Pollution Bulletin. Macmillan: London. ISSN 0025-326X, more
Ecology; Estuaries; Estuarine dynamics; Marine pollution; Phytoplankton; Population ecology; Primary production; Marine
Microbial ecology is greatly influenced by the physical processes occurring in the Bristol Channel which is a very dynamic estuary; the large tidal range and tidal excursion maintain high concentration of inorganic particles in suspension. High turbidity severely limits light penetration, and hence phytoplankton growth, and the large surface area of the particles in suspension influences the growth of bacteria. Other factors which influence the ecology of micro-organisms of the Bristol Channel include the long flushing time and considerable input of dissolved nutrients from the rivers which drain a large area of England and Wales.