Vernal Pools II: The Influence of Road Salt on Benthic Vernal Pool Communities

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Authors
Dienzo, Patrick
Hayes, Sierra
Vestal, Patrick
McGrath, Deborah
Patel, Ripal
Issue Date
2011-04-29
Type
Presentation
Keywords
Scholarship Sewanee 2011 , University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee , Vernal pools , Road salt runoff , Benthic communities , Weather-related influences
Abstract
Vernal pools are temporal bodies of water that provide habitat free of fish predators for diverse microinvertebrate communities, including microcrustaceans,such as fairy shrimp and copepods. Studies have shown that proximity to roads has negative impacts on vernal pool communities. This styudy explores the influence of roads, especially road salt runoff, on benthic diversity and abundance.
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