Studies in an Unproductive Coastal Lagoon in South Texas: A Case Against One-Time Sampling for Environmental Assessments

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by Donald E. Harper, Jr., Texas A&M Marine Lab, Galveston, TX, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85

Abstract: This study illustrates the problems inherent in attempting to write an environmental assessment based on inadequate or misleading data. Results can be biased against environmental preservation by sampling during the 'wrong' period. This study shows the lagoon can be very productive. Rather than exporting nutrients, the lagoon may be productive by trapping nutrients. Accumulated organic matter in the sediments would be available to support large numbers of deposit feeders.

Subject Headings: Lagoons | Environmental issues | Coastal environment | Case studies | Nutrients | Sediment transport | Transportation engineering | Wetlands (coastal) | Organic matter | North America | Texas | United States

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