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090308 coal oil point ecological study area intertidal pool? by tiga tatton

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Mar 18, 2009
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Mar 18, 2009

Does anyone see anything to study in this area? Oops! I see that I touched a "how stupid can you be" nerve...so I found the following: "long-term monitoring and ecological study of the Devereux Slough ecosystem. Devereux slough, located at the University managed Coal Oil Point Reserve (Sands Beach) is a seasonally flooded coastal wetland. During the past fifty years, expanding agricultural and urban development has significantly altered the slough system. Such alterations have caused an increase in sedimentation to the system, an increase in water temperature and a decrease in dissolved oxygen. To investigate the changes in slough parameters, this study focuses on invertebrate and fish species diversity and abundance, hydrological characteristics such as bathymetry, oxygen, salinity and temperature measurements and nutrient inputs." Even better: nrs.ucop.edu/Coal-Oil-Point.htm Will open in a new tab or window

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  1. Richard Palmer

    Richard Palmer (March 19, 2009, 12:08PM )

    The reason that this area is an ecological study area seems to be in the title. Perhaps a group of ecologists are studying the recovery of the area from a spill, or use this area as a control area to compare with other areas that have been impacted by oil spills. It's not really difficult to imagine at all.

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