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The Biology of Temporary Waters$
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D. Dudley Williams

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198528128

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528128.001.0001

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The physical environment

The physical environment

(p.12) CHAPTER 2 The physical environment
The Biology of Temporary Waters

D. Dudley Williams

Oxford University Press

This chapter first considers the underlying hydrological processes that result in the formation of temporary water bodies. The components of subsurface water are defined, and the origins of pond basins and stream channels are discussed. Estimates of the densities of these habitats in the landscape are given. The fundamental property of habitat persistence is related to the key factors of climate and seasonality.

Keywords:   hydrology, subsurface water, pond basin formation, landscape, habitat persistence, climate, seasonality

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