Ecology of a saline stream: community responses to spatial gradients of environmental conditions

  title={Ecology of a saline stream: community responses to spatial gradients of environmental conditions},
  author={Terry M. Short and Jeffrey A. Black and Wesley J. Birge},
Spatial changes in structural and functional characteristics of fish and macroinvertebrate communities in eastern Kentucky were investigated in a drainage system chronically exposed to high levels of chloride salts from nearby oilfield operations. Salinity levels at biological monitoring stations ranged from 0.12–31.3‰. Lotic regions with salinities greater than 10‰ were dominated by larvae of the dipterans Ephydra and Culicoides. In regions with salinities less than 10‰ species richness… CONTINUE READING
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