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Diatom zonation in southern Oregon tidal marshes relative to vascular plants, foraminifera, and sea level

Journal of Coastal Research

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Abstract

Diatom assemblages across estuarine marshes show a three-part vertical ecologic zonation of the intertidal zone similar to zonations of foraminiferal and vascular plant assemblages. Gradual changes in the compositions of all three types of assemblages reflect gradational zone boundaries, 5-40m wide. Modern mudflat, low marsh, and high marsh zones can be distinguished from one another with diatom assemblage data at three silty marshes in the middle parts of two river-dominated estuaries. The compositions of vascular plant and diatom assemblages on a transect at a sandy site near the mouth of a third estuary differ from those of the silty transects. A particularly distinct diatom subzone (the marsh border subzone) is marked by a dominance of fresh-to-brackish-water diatoms in a few samples from the upper part of the high marsh and lowest part of the upland zone on all four transects, but the vertical range of the marsh border subzone is large (c0.7m) and its range may vary from site to site depending on the amount of freshwater seepage and runoff into marshes. -from Authors

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Diatom zonation in southern Oregon tidal marshes relative to vascular plants, foraminifera, and sea level
Series title:
Journal of Coastal Research
Volume
9
Issue:
3
Year Published:
1993
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
673
Last page:
697
Number of Pages:
25