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Factors affecting the evolution of coastal wetlands of the Laurential Great Lakes: an overview

Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management

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Abstract

Coastal wetlands play a pivotal role in the Great Lakes ecosystem. As buffer zones between the land and open waters of the Great Lakes, they perform a variety of essential functions providing both direct and indirect anthropogenic benefits. Geology, morphology and climate are the dominant variables that influence Laurentian Great Lakes wetland development. However, anthropogenic factors are the major contributors to alteration of natural wetland processes. This paper provides an overview of natural and anthropogenic factors important in Great Lakes coastal wetland development and provides statistical information describing the Great Lakes Basin. A brief description of wetlands classification and research issues is also presented.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Factors affecting the evolution of coastal wetlands of the Laurential Great Lakes: an overview
Series title:
Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management
Volume
7
Issue:
2
Year Published:
2004
Language:
English
Description:
p. 171-178
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management
First page:
171
Last page:
178
Number of Pages:
7