The ecological significance of exchange processes between rivers and groundwater

  title={The ecological significance of exchange processes between rivers and groundwater},
  author={Matthias Brunke and Tom Gonser},
  journal={Freshwater Biology},
1. This review focuses on the connectivity between river and groundwater ecosystems, viewing them as linked components of a hydrological continuum. Ecological processes that maintain the integrity of both systems and those that are mediated by their ecotones are evaluated. 2. The hyporheic zone, as the connecting ecotone, shows diverse gradients. Thus it can be characterized by hydrological, chemical, zoological and metabolic criteria. However, the characteristics of the hyporheic zone tend… 

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