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Carbonate deposition on tail feathers of ruddy ducks using evaporation ponds

Condor

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Abstract

Substantial carbonate deposits were observed on rectrices of Ruddy Ducks (Oxyura jamaicensis) collected during 1982-1984 on evaporation ponds in the San Joaquin Valley, California. Carbonate deposits were composed of about 75% aragonite and 25% calcite, both polymorphous forms of CaCO3. Significantly more carbonate deposits were observed on Ruddy Ducks as length of exposure to agricultural drain water increased, during the 1983-1984 field season when salt concentrations in the ponds were higher, and in certain evaporation-pond systems.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Carbonate deposition on tail feathers of ruddy ducks using evaporation ponds
Series title:
Condor
Volume
91
Year Published:
1989
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description:
p. 803-806
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Condor
First page:
803
Last page:
806