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Hydrology

General Technical Report SRS-38

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Abstract

Hydrologic process are the main determinants of the type of wetland located on a site. Precipitation, groundwater, or flooding interact with soil properties and geomorphic setting to yield a complex matrix of conditions that control groundwater flux, water storage and discharge, water chemistry, biotic productivity, biodiversity, and biogeochemical cycling. Hydroperiod affects many abiotic factors that in turn determine plant and animal species composition, biodiversity, primary and secondary productivity, accumulation, of organic matter, and nutrient cycling. Because the hydrologic regime has a major influence on wetland functioning, understanding how hydrologic changes influence ecosystem processes is essential, especially in light of the pressures placed on remaining wetlands by society's demands for water resources and by potential global changes in climate.

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Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
Federal Government Series
Title:
Hydrology
Series title:
General Technical Report
Series number:
SRS-38
Year Published:
2000
Language:
English
Publisher:
United States Department of Agriculture
Publisher location:
Ashville, NC
Description:
4 p.
Larger Work Type:
Report
Larger Work Subtype:
Federal Government Series
First page:
10
Last page:
13
Number of Pages:
4
Country:
United States
State:
South Carolina