The Sediment-Water Interface Increment due to the Complex Burrows of Macrofauna in a Tidal Flat
- The Sediment-Water Interface Increment due to the Complex Burrows of Macrofauna in a Tidal Flat
- 구본주; 권개경; Jung-Ho Hyun
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- Koo, Bon Joo(구본주); Kwon, Kae Kyoung(권개경)
- The architecture of macrofaunal burrows and the total area of the sediment-water interface created by biogenic structure were investigated in the Donggeomdo tidal flat on the west coast of Korea. Resin casting methods were applied to recover burrows of four dominant species, Macrophthalmus japonicus, Cleistostoma dilatatum, Perinereis aibuhitensis, and Periserrula leucophryna, and whole burrows within the casting area at three sites in different tidal levels. P. leucophryna excavated the largest burrow in terms of a surface area among them. In the case of whole burrow casting, the space occupied by the biogenic structure was extended into deeper and expanded more greatly at the higher tidal level. In the upper-most flat, the burrow wall surface area within sediment was more extensive than the sediment surface area. Increased oxygen supply through the extended interface could enhance the degradation rates of organic carbon and also change the pathways of degradation. Quantifying the relationship between the extended interface and mineralization rate and pathway requires more extensive study.
- Ocean Science Journal, v.40, no.4, pp.221 - 227, 2005
- burrow; macrofauna; sediment-water interface; tidal flat
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benthic ecology,bioturbation,remote sensing,저서생태학,생물교란,원격탐사
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