By U. Uehlinger, M. Maisch, C. Rothenbühler, R. Zah (auth.), J. V. Ward, U. Uehlinger (eds.)
This ebook is a monograph reporting the key findings from a entire research of a glacial flood simple within the Swiss Alps, in line with a radical learn software performed year-round over numerous years. till lately, little or no was once identified concerning the ecology of glacial streams. prior reviews in general keen on one or a couple of elements and have been restricted to the summer season interval. additionally, this can be the 1st ecological research of a glacial flood simple with a dynamic, multi-thread channel community. Year-round sampling of a approach with a fancy channel community spawned unanticipated effects and new insights into the ecology of glacial streams. The booklet starts with the panorama positive factors, glacial historical past, and floodplain evolution of the Val Roseg. this can be by way of chapters on channel typology, groundwater-surfacewater interactions, thermal heterogeneity, and nutrient dynamics. Chapters at the biota care for terrestrial and aquatic plant life, hyphomycete fungi, floor zoobenthos, and the interstitial fauna. sensible strategies are addressed in chapters on natural subject dynamics, muddle decomposition, nutrient hindrance, and flow and colonization styles. the ultimate bankruptcy offers a synthesis of our present figuring out of the ecology of Val Roseg. Weare indebted to lots of individuals and corporations for guidance and aid of the learn software at the Val Roseg and the construction of this book.
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To some extent, even the distribution of terrestrial and aquatic biocenoses reflects the history of glacial movements. This chapter aims to highlight the glacial dynamics in the Roseg catchment and to link these environmental forces to the evolution of the Roseg flood plain. Because environmental dynamics are always scale-dependant, different scales of observation have been chosen to reveal different aspects of glacio-fluvial dynamics. On a longterm scale, this chapter outlines the glacial dynamics of Val Roseg since the last ice age, when the present flood plain was formed and developed.
Snow pack Depth integrated snow samples collected at the end of the accumulation period (March, April) are enriched in Ca2+, HC0 3- and most nitrogen species (Table 1). , 1997). , 1999). However, the source of the elevated N0 3concentrations in surface water is not yet clear as it may either come from the snowpack or from catchment soils (see Chapter 6). Snow meltwater from nonglaciated areas of the catchment enters the flood plain at multiple locations mainly via subsurface flow paths. There is little overland flow in the Val Roseg catchment because the valley slopes are covered by thick permeable morainic and glaciofluvial deposits.
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