The organic content of the surficial sediment: a method for the study of ecosystems development in abandoned river channels

  title={The organic content of the surficial sediment: a method for the study of ecosystems development in abandoned river channels},
  author={Joerg Rostan and Claude Amoros and Jacques Juget},
To characterise different abandoned river channels, a simple index of the surface sediment was developed i.e. the content of organic matter (expressed as C × N) plotted in relation to that of CaCO3. The age of the channels studied ranges from 20 to 300 years. Some of them still contain water; others are silted up. Two types are distinguished. The ecosystems of the first one are closed and show a slow rate of development governed by autogenous processes. Those of the second type are more open… CONTINUE READING
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