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Title: Methods for monitoring tidal flushing in large animal burrows in tropical mangrove swamps.
Authors: Hollins, SE
Heron, SF
Ridd, PV
Keywords: Oxygen
Issue Date: 20-May-2009
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Hollins, S. E., Heron, S. F., & Ridd, P. V. (2009). Methods for monitoring tidal flushing in large animal burrows in tropical mangrove swamps. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 82(4), 615-620.
Abstract: The typically anaerobic nature of mangrove sediments provides significant challenges to the mangrove trees and biota inhabiting them. The burrowing activities and flow of water through the numerous and complex animal burrows perforating the sediments of mangroves have a major influence on the biogeochemistry of the sediments and are important to the enhancement of nutrient and oxygen exchange. Two new methods are presented for monitoring the tidal flushing of Sesarma messa and Alpheus cf macklay burrows in a Rhizophora stylosa mangrove forest – by measuring oxygen content of burrow water and by determining the change in fluorescence of a dye tracer through tidal inundation. A case study using the first of these showed oxygen consumption rates at the burrow wall deep within the burrow were found to be between 210 and 460 μmol O2 m−2 h−1. The influx of oxygen during a flood tide was found to be significant and indicated that approximately 40% of the burrow water is flushed during a single tidal event. However, the high consumption rate of oxygen within the burrow resulted in the oxygen concentration remaining at or below one-third of the oxygen content of the flooding tidal water. A test application of the second method, using rhodamine dye as a tracer, indicated that the exchange of water between the burrow and the flooding tide was found to be in the order of 30% of the burrow volume. These new techniques provide a means to further study the nutrient exchange within these burrow systems and verify the initial findings that several tidal inundations are necessary to completely flush the burrows. © 2009, Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 0272-7714
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