Changes in organic-matter dynamics and physicochemistry, associated with riparian vegetation loss and river regulation in floodplain wetlands of the Murray River, Australia

Susanne Watkins, Gerry Peter Quinn, Ben Gawne

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Abstract

Extensive clearing of floodplain forests potentially reduces organic matter available to floodplain wetlands. Furthermore, on rivers regulated to provide irrigation water in summer, floodplain wetlands that were previously inundated in spring, now flood in summer/autumn. In the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia, this has changed the timing of organic matter entering the aquatic phase, since leaf fall peaks in summer.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1207 - 1217
Number of pages11
JournalMarine and Freshwater Research
Volume61
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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