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Groundwater animals

Maurice, Louise; Bloomfield, John; Robertson, Anne; Allen, Debbie. 2010 Groundwater animals. Earthwise, 26. 20-21.

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Abstract/Summary

Groundwater animals are adapted to live in environments with no light and limited nutrients, They can provide insights into fundamental questions of evolution, ecology and biodiversity. They also have an important role to play in informing the reconstruction of past changes in geomorphology and climate, and can be used for characterising aquifers. The BGS is undertaking a systematic survey of selected areas and lithologies in the UK where groundwater animals have not been investigated. This is important because little is known about groundwater ecosystems in the UK despite the unique contribution to biodiversity made by these animals. Groundwater organisms are also thought to provide ecosystem services by means of their role in nutrient cycling and natural remediation of pollutants in the subsurface. They may also be useful indicators of human impacts on groundwaters.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2010 > Groundwater Science
ISSN: X780667289
Additional Keywords: GroundwaterBGS, Groundwater, Groundwater ecology
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Date made live: 16 Mar 2012 11:36
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/17328

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