Water, Volume 11, Issue 12 (December 2019) – 237 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): Mediterranean karst springs are freshwater environments of great ecological value and strategic water resources providing habitat for high biodiversity and drinking water supply. They are exposed to several pressures because of the variable rainfall regime, climate change and increasing water use. Integrated multidisciplinary approaches are necessary for their sustainable use and proper management. We compared epilithic diatom flora from karst springs in islands and mainland of two geographic areas (Spain and Italy). Our results confirm the role of springs as multiple ecotones and refuges for rare species. The geographic insularity may be an important factor in maintaining diatom biodiversity. View this paper.
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