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The Effect of Glacier Recession on Benthic and Pelagic Communities: Case Study in Herve Cove, Antarctica

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Department of Antarctic Biology, Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Pawinskiego St. 5a, 02-106 Warsaw, Poland
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Department of Marine Plankton Research, Institute of Oceanography, Faculty of Oceanography and Geography, University of Gdańsk, Av. Marszalka Pilsudskiego 46, 81-378 Gdynia, Poland
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Department of Marine Ecosystems Functioning, Institute of Oceanography, Faculty of Oceanography and Geography, University of Gdańsk, Av. Marszalka Pilsudskiego 46, 81-378 Gdynia, Poland
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Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Pasteura St. 3, 02-093 Warsaw, Poland
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J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2019, 7(9), 285; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse7090285
Received: 29 June 2019 / Revised: 17 August 2019 / Accepted: 21 August 2019 / Published: 24 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Marine Biology)
Changes in macrobenthic and pelagic communities in the postglacial, partially isolated, lagoon Herve Cove in Admiralty Bay, King George Island, were investigated 15 years after the first comprehensive studies had been conducted in this region. The bottom area of the cove has enlarged from approximately 12 ha to 19 ha after the retreat of the Dera Icefall. Based on a photographic survey of the benthos and taxonomic composition of zooplankton, ecological succession and the colonization of new species have been observed. Several new species occur such as gastropods, seastars, sea urchins and isopods, and their presence in different parts of the cove, as well as breeding aggregations suggests that they reproduce there. The influence of glacial streams is notable in bottom assemblages. We propose that Herve Cove is a good research area for studies on ecological succession in newly opened areas. The colonization of this lagoon has been recognized to be in its developing stage, and research should be continued. View Full-Text
Keywords: benthic fauna; biodiversity; colonization; environmental succession; King George Island; glacial retreat; macrozoobenthos; West Antarctica; zooplankton benthic fauna; biodiversity; colonization; environmental succession; King George Island; glacial retreat; macrozoobenthos; West Antarctica; zooplankton
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Potocka, M.; Kidawa, A.; Panasiuk, A.; Bielecka, L.; Wawrzynek-Borejko, J.; Patuła, W.; Wójcik, K.A.; Plenzler, J.; Janecki, T.; Bialik, R.J. The Effect of Glacier Recession on Benthic and Pelagic Communities: Case Study in Herve Cove, Antarctica. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2019, 7, 285. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse7090285

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Potocka M, Kidawa A, Panasiuk A, Bielecka L, Wawrzynek-Borejko J, Patuła W, Wójcik KA, Plenzler J, Janecki T, Bialik RJ. The Effect of Glacier Recession on Benthic and Pelagic Communities: Case Study in Herve Cove, Antarctica. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. 2019; 7(9):285. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse7090285

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Potocka, Marta, Anna Kidawa, Anna Panasiuk, Luiza Bielecka, Justyna Wawrzynek-Borejko, Weronika Patuła, Kornelia A. Wójcik, Joanna Plenzler, Tomasz Janecki, and Robert J. Bialik 2019. "The Effect of Glacier Recession on Benthic and Pelagic Communities: Case Study in Herve Cove, Antarctica" Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 7, no. 9: 285. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse7090285

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