Conceptual Model of Estuary Ecosystems

  • Paul A. Montagna
  • Terence A. Palmer
  • Jennifer Beseres Pollack
Chapter
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science book series (BRIEFSENVIRONMENTAL, volume 8)

Abstract

An estuary is a semienclosed coastal body of water, which has a free connection with the open sea and within which, sea water is measurably diluted with fresh water from land drainage (Pritchard 1967). Most estuaries have a series of landscape subcomponents: a river (or fresh water) source, a tidal-estuarine segment, marshes (or mangroves depending on latitude), bays, and a pass (or inlet) to the sea. However, all estuaries are quite different; the landscape of each subcomponent can vary, combinations and connections of these subcomponents can vary, and some subcomponents can be missing. The interaction of three primary natural forces causes estuaries to be unique and different.

Keywords

Biomass Burning Migration Phosphorus Phytoplankton 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul A. Montagna
    • 1
  • Terence A. Palmer
    • 1
  • Jennifer Beseres Pollack
    • 2
  1. 1.Harte Research InstituteTexas A&M University-Corpus ChristiCorpus ChristiUSA
  2. 2.Life Sciences DepartmentTexas A&M University-Corpus ChristiCorpus ChristiUSA

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