A classification of the major habitats of Amazonian black-water river floodplains and a comparison with their white-water counterparts

  title={A classification of the major habitats of Amazonian black-water river floodplains and a comparison with their white-water counterparts},
  author={W. Junk and Florian Karl Wittmann and Jochen Sch{\"o}ngart and Maria Teresa Fernandez Piedade},
  journal={Wetlands Ecology and Management},
The Amazon River and its large tributaries are bordered by floodplains covering tens of thousands of square kilometers. Studies on the structure, function, and species composition have allowed a classification of the macrohabitats of Amazonian white-water floodplains, rich in suspended matter and nutrients and of neutral pH (várzea). Here we describe the use of a similar approach to classify the macrohabitats of the black-water floodplains, rich in humic substances, poor in nutrients and acidic… CONTINUE READING
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