Environmental Management

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 321–326 | Cite as

Sulfate-enriched water effects on a floodplain forest in Florida

  • John Richardson
  • Peter A. Straub
  • Katherine Carter Ewel
  • Howard T. Odum
Research

Abstract

Sulfate-enriched water that was discharged experimentally into a floodplain forest in Florida caused H2S formation, and trees showed signs of stress within one year. Chloride-enriched water also caused trees to show signs of stress. Trees in this ecosystem may also be sensitive to changes in hydroperiod.

Key words

Power plant Sulfate Chloride Floodplain forest 

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Richardson
    • 1
  • Peter A. Straub
    • 2
  • Katherine Carter Ewel
    • 3
  • Howard T. Odum
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences and Center for WetlandsUniversity of FloridaGainesville
  2. 2.Center for WetlandsUniversity of FloridaGainesville
  3. 3.School of Forest Resources and Conservation and Center for WetlandsUniversity of FloridaGainesville

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