Relationships Between Flow and Benthic Communities

by David A. Cobb, Bechtel Corp, San Francisco, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


Current flows can affect directly factors critical to the survival of benthic communities, including the availability of food and nutrients, the chemical quality of water surrounding benthic creatures, and the particle size and organic composition of the sediments themselves. This report reviews the relationships between current flow and the existence of benthic communities.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Sediment | Aquatic habitats | Particle size distribution | Ocean currents | Ecosystems | Chemicals | Water chemistry

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