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Nitrogen pools in a mangrove – saltmarsh system


P J Clarke


It is only in comparatively recent times that the value of coastal wetlands has become recognised. In Australia, there is a scant knowledge of how these ecosystems function and hence the best way that they can be managed and utilized. This is in contrast to the wealth of information for estuaries in North America (e.g. Pomeroy and Wiegert, 1981), where studies have emphasised the importance of estuarine ecosystems in the production of organic matter for detritus based food webs (Odum and de la Cruz, 1967; Lugo and Snedaker, 1974; Haines, 1979a). they have also stressed the fact that each estuarine system has a unique set of physical and biological characteristics (Haines, 1979a). Few of these characteristics have been investigated for temperate Australian estuaries and there is a paucity of information about the nutrient flux and pools in wetland communities. Accordingly, a preliminary sampling of the nitrogen pools and other environmental characteristics was undertaken over a six month period in the Towra Point wetland.
How to Cite: Clarke, P.J., 2009. Nitrogen pools in a mangrove – saltmarsh system. Wetlands Australia, 3(2), pp.pp. 85–93. DOI:
Published on 17 Oct 2009.
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