History, origins and importance of temporary ponds

Williams, Penny and Biggs, Jeremy and Fox, Gill and Nicolet, Pascale and Whitfield, Merica (2001) History, origins and importance of temporary ponds. Freshwater Forum, 17, pp. 7-15.

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In Europe, temporary ponds are a naturally common and widespread habitat occurring, often in abundance, in all biogeographical regions from the boreal snow-melt pools of northern Scandinavia to the seasonally inundated coastal dune pools of southern Spain. Ecological studies in Europe and elsewhere also emphasise that temporary ponds are a biologically important habitat type, renowned both for their specialised assemblages and the considerable numbers of rare and endemic species they support. They are, however, a habitat currently under considerable threat. Most temporary ponds are inherently shallow and the majority are destroyed even by limited soil drainage for agriculture or urban development. The paper gives an overview of definitions of temporary ponds and examines their formation and abundance. The authors also summarise a visit to the Bialowieza Forest in Poland to investigate the occurrence of temporary ponds.

Item Type: Article
Title: History, origins and importance of temporary ponds
Personal Creator/Author:
Williams, Penny
Biggs, Jeremy
Fox, Gill
Nicolet, Pascale
Whitfield, Merica
Refereed: No
Journal or Publication Title: Freshwater Forum
Volume: 17
Page Range: pp. 7-15
Date: 2001
ISSN: 0961-4664
Issuing Agency: Freshwater Biological Association
Uncontrolled Keywords: Temporary ponds; Abundance; Freshwater ecology; Habitat; Poland; Bialowieski Forest
Subjects: Ecology
Item ID: 4644
Depositing User: Hardy B Schwamm
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2010 18:09
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 16:08
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/4644

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