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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640340/terrestrial-impact-structures-as-geoheritage-an-assessment-method-of-their-scientific-value-and-its-application-to-brazil
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Joana P Sánchez, José B R Brilha
Terrestrial impact structures are geological and geomorphological features with particular importance to understand the history and evolution of the planet. Impact structures are scattered around the world but in many countries these features are under threat, essentially due to anthropic factors. Impact structures with higher scientific value should be considered as geological heritage and, consequently, be subjected to geoconservation strategies. In order to select the most important impact structures to be properly conserved and managed, this paper proposes a quantitative assessment method of the scientific value of these structures...
April 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628816/are-calanco-landforms-similar-to-river-basins
#2
N A Caraballo-Arias, V Ferro
In the past badlands have been often considered as ideal field laboratories for studying landscape evolution because of their geometrical similarity to larger fluvial systems. For a given hydrological process, no scientific proof exists that badlands can be considered a model of river basin prototypes. In this paper the measurements carried out on 45 Sicilian calanchi, a type of badlands that appears as a small-scale hydrographic unit, are used to establish their morphological similarity with river systems whose data are available in the literature...
June 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607068/how-temporal-patterns-in-rainfall-determine-the-geomorphology-and-carbon-fluxes-of-tropical-peatlands
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Alexander R Cobb, Alison M Hoyt, Laure Gandois, Jangarun Eri, René Dommain, Kamariah Abu Salim, Fuu Ming Kai, Nur Salihah Haji Su'ut, Charles F Harvey
Tropical peatlands now emit hundreds of megatons of carbon dioxide per year because of human disruption of the feedbacks that link peat accumulation and groundwater hydrology. However, no quantitative theory has existed for how patterns of carbon storage and release accompanying growth and subsidence of tropical peatlands are affected by climate and disturbance. Using comprehensive data from a pristine peatland in Brunei Darussalam, we show how rainfall and groundwater flow determine a shape parameter (the Laplacian of the peat surface elevation) that specifies, under a given rainfall regime, the ultimate, stable morphology, and hence carbon storage, of a tropical peatland within a network of rivers or canals...
June 12, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595980/significance-of-beach-geomorphology-on-fecal-indicator-bacteria-levels
#4
Allison Donahue, Zhixuan Feng, Elizabeth Kelly, Ad Reniers, Helena M Solo-Gabriele
Large databases of fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) measurements are available for coastal waters. With the assistance of satellite imagery, we illustrated the power of assessing data for many sites by evaluating beach features such as geomorphology, distance from rivers and canals, presence of piers and causeways, and degree of urbanization coupled with the enterococci FIB database for the state of Florida. We found that beach geomorphology was the primary characteristic associated with enterococci levels that exceeded regulatory guidelines...
June 5, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585038/power-analysis-as-a-tool-to-identify-statistically-informative-indicators-for-monitoring-coral-reef-disturbances
#5
Simon Van Wynsberge, Antoine Gilbert, Nicolas Guillemot, Tom Heintz, Laura Tremblay-Boyer
Extensive biological field surveys are costly and time consuming. To optimize sampling and ensure regular monitoring on the long term, identifying informative indicators of anthropogenic disturbances is a priority. In this study, we used 1800 candidate indicators by combining metrics measured from coral, fish, and macro-invertebrate assemblages surveyed from 2006 to 2012 in the vicinity of an ongoing mining project in the Voh-Koné-Pouembout lagoon, New Caledonia. We performed a power analysis to identify a subset of indicators which would best discriminate temporal changes due to a simulated chronic anthropogenic impact...
July 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566740/quaternary-fluvial-terraces-of-the-tiber-valley-geochronologic-and-geometric-constraints-on-the-back-arc-magmatism-related-uplift-in-central-italy
#6
Fabrizio Marra, Fabio Florindo, Carmelo Petronio
Through a geomorphological study relying on statistically assessed classes of hilltop elevations, we reconstruct a suite of paleo-surfaces along the Tiber River Valley north of Rome that we identify as fluvial terraces formed by interplay between global sea-level fluctuations and regional upift. Using biostratigraphic constraints provided by marine through continental deposits of Santernian age, we recognize the oldest terrace in this area, corresponding to an early coastal plain of late Santernian-Emilian age...
May 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554116/riparian-vegetation-in-the-alpine-connectome-terrestrial-aquatic-and-terrestrial-terrestrial-interactions
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Dragos G Zaharescu, Antonio Palanca-Soler, Peter S Hooda, Catalin Tanase, Carmen I Burghelea, Richard N Lester
Alpine regions are under increased attention worldwide for their critical role in early biogeochemical cycles, their high sensitivity to environmental change, and as repositories of natural resources of high quality. Their riparian ecosystems, at the interface between aquatic and terrestrial environments, play important geochemical functions in the watershed and are biodiversity hotspots, despite a harsh climate and topographic setting. With climate change rapidly affecting the alpine biome, we still lack a comprehensive understanding of the extent of interactions between riparian surface, lake and catchment environments...
May 26, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554020/mechanism-of-removal-and-retention-of-heavy-metals-from-the-acid-mine-drainage-to-coastal-wetland-in-the-patagonian-marsh
#8
Yanina L Idaszkin, Eleonora Carol, Alvarez María Del Pilar
The attenuation of the acid mine drainage is one of the most important environmental challenges facing the mining industry worldwide. Mining waste deposits from an ancient metallurgical extraction of heavy metals were found near to the San Antonio marsh in Patagonia. The aim of this work was to determinate which mechanisms regulate the mobilization and retention of metals by acid drainage. A geological and geomorphological survey was carried out and samples from the mining waste deposits and the marsh were collected to determine soil texture, Eh pH, organic matter, Cu, Pb, Zn and Fe content, and soil mineralogical composition...
May 23, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552919/methods-for-acquiring-data-on-terrain-geomorphology-course-geometry-and-kinematics-of-competitors-runs-in-alpine-skiing-a-historical-review
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Włodzimierz S Erdmann, Vassilis Giovanis, Piotr Aschenbrenner, Vaios Kiriakis, Andrzej Suchanowski
PURPOSE: This paper aims at the description and comparison of methods of topographic analysis of racing courses at all disciplines of alpine skiing sports for the purposes of obtaining: terrain geomorphology (snowless and with snow), course geometry, and competitors' runs. METHODS: The review presents specific methods and instruments according to the order of their historical appearance as follows: (1) azimuth method with the use of a compass, tape and goniometer instruments; (2) optical method with geodetic theodolite, laser and photocells; (3) triangulation method with the aid of a tape and goniometer; (4) image method with the use of video cameras; (5) differential global positioning system and carrier phase global positioning system methods...
2017: Acta of Bioengineering and Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535602/quantifying-postglacial-sediment-storage-and-denudation-rates-in-a-small-alpine-catchment-of-the-f%C3%A4-g%C3%A4-ra%C3%A8-mountains-romania
#10
Adrian C Ardelean, Alexandru Onaca, Petru Urdea, Adriana Sărășan
The study of sediment production, transport, storage and discharge in alpine drainage basins is an essential prerequisite for a better understanding of the postglacial evolution of the alpine landscape. To get an overview on sediment production and alpine landscape evolution in Romania, the current study presents the first alpine sediment storage quantification in the Romanian Carpathians. Postglacial denudation was quantified within the small alpine catchment of the Doamnei Valley (3.62km(2)), located in the central part of the Făgăraș Mountains...
December 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523791/genetic-assessment-of-the-effects-of-streamscape-succession-on-coho-salmon-oncorhynchus-kisutch-colonization-in-recently-deglaciated-streams
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K T Scribner, C Soiseth, J McGuire, G K Sage, L Thorsteinson, J L Nielsen, E Knudsen
Measures of genetic diversity within and among populations and historical geomorphological data on stream landscapes were used in model simulations based on approximate Bayesian computation (ABC) to examine hypotheses of the relative importance of stream features (geomorphology and age) associated with colonization events and gene flow for coho salmon Oncorhynchus kisutch breeding in recently deglaciated streams (50-240 years b.p.) in Glacier Bay National Park (GBNP), Alaska. Population estimates of genetic diversity including heterozygosity and allelic richness declined significantly and monotonically from the oldest and largest to youngest and smallest GBNP streams...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505366/bacterioplankton-assemblages-in-coastal-ponds-reflect-the-influence-of-hydrology-and-geomorphological-setting
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Megan J Huggett, Christopher R J Kavazos, Rachele Bernasconi, Robert Czarnik, Pierre Horwitz
The factors that shape microbial community assembly in aquatic ecosystems have been widely studied; yet it is still unclear how distinct communities within a connected landscape influence one another. Coastal lakes are recipients of, and thus are connected to, both marine and terrestrial environments. Thus, they may host microbial assemblages that reflect the relative degree of influence by, and connectivity to, either system. In order to address this idea, we interrogated microbial community diversity at 49 sites in seven ponds in two seasons in the Lake MacLeod basin, a system fed by seawater flowing inland through underground karst...
June 1, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498991/population-differentiation-in-common-walnut-juglans-regia-l-across-major-parts-of-its-native-range-insights-from-molecular-and-morphometric-data
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Wladimir Roor, Heino Konrad, Davletbek Mamadjanov, Thomas Geburek
Juglans regia is an economically highly important species for fruit and wood production in the warm temperate and subtropical zones of the Northern Hemisphere. Besides the natural influence of climatic and geomorphological barriers, its genetic structure has been strongly modified by humans and the population history is still unclear. For this reason, we investigated mainly natural walnut populations across the Eurasian continent on a molecular (44 populations, 581 trees) and morphometric level (23 populations, 1391 ripe nuts)...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462018/glacial-allopatry-vs-postglacial-parapatry-and-peripatry-the-case-of-hedgehogs
#14
Barbora Černa Bolfíková, Kristýna Eliášová, Miroslava Loudová, Boris Kryštufek, Petros Lymberakis, Attila D Sándor, Pavel Hulva
Although hedgehogs are well-known examples of postglacial recolonisation, the specific processes that shape their population structures have not been examined by detailed sampling and fast-evolving genetic markers in combination with model based clustering methods. This study aims to analyse the impacts of isolation within glacial refugia and of postglacial expansion on the population structure of the Northern White-breasted hedgehog (Erinaceus roumanicus). It also discusses the role of the processes at edges of species distribution in its evolutionary history...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455820/a-review-of-source-tracking-techniques-for-fine-sediment-within-a-catchment
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Zhuo Guan, Xiang-Yu Tang, Jae E Yang, Yong Sik Ok, Zhihong Xu, Taku Nishimura, Brian J Reid
Excessive transport of fine sediment, and its associated pollutants, can cause detrimental impacts in aquatic environments. It is therefore important to perform accurate sediment source apportionment to identify hot spots of soil erosion. Various tracers have been adopted, often in combination, to identify sediment source type and its spatial origin; these include fallout radionuclides, geochemical tracers, mineral magnetic properties and bulk and compound-specific stable isotopes. In this review, the applicability of these techniques to particular settings and their advantages and limitations are reviewed...
April 28, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452366/the-inheritance-of-a-mesozoic-landscape-in-western-scandinavia
#16
Ola Fredin, Giulio Viola, Horst Zwingmann, Ronald Sørlie, Marco Brönner, Jan-Erik Lie, Else Margrethe Grandal, Axel Müller, Annina Margreth, Christoph Vogt, Jochen Knies
In-situ weathered bedrock, saprolite, is locally found in Scandinavia, where it is commonly thought to represent pre-Pleistocene weathering possibly associated with landscape formation. The age of weathering, however, remains loosely constrained, which has an impact on existing geological and landscape evolution models and morphotectonic correlations. Here we provide new geochronological evidence that some of the low-altitude basement landforms on- and offshore southwestern Scandinavia are a rejuvenated geomorphological relic from Mesozoic times...
April 28, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431370/hydrodynamic-influence-on-reservoir-sustainability-in-semi-arid-climate-a-physicochemical-and-environmental-isotopic-study
#17
Rawaa Ammar, Véronique Kazpard, Antoine G El Samrani, Nabil Amacha, Zeinab Saad, Lei Chou
Water scarcity and increasing water demand require the development of water management plans such as establishing artificial lakes and dams. Plans to meet water needs are faced by uprising challenges to improve water quality and to ensure the sustainability of hydro-projects. Environmental isotopes coupled to water physicochemical characteristics were investigated over a biennial cycle to assess both geomorphological and environmental impacts on the water quality of a reservoir situated in an intensively used agricultural watershed under a Mediterranean semi-arid climate...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407457/dynamics-of-sediment-carbon-stocks-across-intertidal-wetland-habitats-of-moreton-bay-australia
#18
Matthew A Hayes, Amber Jesse, Bruce Hawke, Jeff Baldock, Basam Tabet, David Lockington, Catherine E Lovelock
Coastal wetlands are known for high carbon storage within their sediments, but our understanding of the variation in carbon storage among intertidal habitats, particularly over geomorphological settings and along elevation gradients, are limited. Here, we collected 352 cores from 18 sites across Moreton Bay, Australia. We assessed variation in sediment organic carbon (OC) stocks among different geomorphological settings (wetlands within riverine settings along with those with reduced riverine influence located on tide-dominated sand islands), across elevation gradients, with distance from shore and among habitat and vegetation types...
April 13, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402914/potential-interaction-between-transport-and-stream-networks-over-the-lowland-rivers-in-eastern-india
#19
Suvendu Roy, Abhay Sankar Sahu
Extension of transport networks supports good accessibility and associated with the development of a region. However, transport lines have fragmented the regional landscape and disturbed the natural interplay between rivers and their floodplains. Spatial analysis using multiple buffers provides information about the potential interaction between road and stream networks and their impact on channel morphology of a small watershed in the Lower Gangetic Plain. Present study is tried to understand the lateral and longitudinal disconnection in headwater stream by rural roads with the integration of geoinformatics and field survey...
April 9, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391145/topsoil-moisture-mapping-using-geostatistical-techniques-under-different-mediterranean-climatic-conditions
#20
J F Martínez-Murillo, P Hueso-González, J D Ruiz-Sinoga
Soil mapping has been considered as an important factor in the widening of Soil Science and giving response to many different environmental questions. Geostatistical techniques, through kriging and co-kriging techniques, have made possible to improve the understanding of eco-geomorphologic variables, e.g., soil moisture. This study is focused on mapping of topsoil moisture using geostatistical techniques under different Mediterranean climatic conditions (humid, dry and semiarid) in three small watersheds and considering topography and soil properties as key factors...
October 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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