Introduction: Mudflat Basics

  • Peter G. BeningerEmail author
  • David M. Paterson
Part of the Aquatic Ecology Series book series (AQEC, volume 7)


The study of mudflats should logically start with the type of intertidal depositional shore we consider to be true mudflats, and then an overview of their global distribution. Their dominant feature being mud, we then consider the etymology and cognitive associations of the word ‘mud’, the basics of sediment composition and its living matrix, and the concept of mudflats as systems of superposed emergent properties. Equipped with these basics, we may then proceed to a proper geological consideration of mudflats, our next chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire de Biologie Marine, MMS, Faculté des SciencesUniversité de NantesNantesFrance
  2. 2.School of Biology, Scottish Oceans InstituteUniversity of St AndrewsSt AndrewsUK

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