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Riparian Ecosystem Project

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Amanda Mikkelsen

on 15 April 2013

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Transcript of Riparian Ecosystem Project

Riparian Zones Chaitra Subbarao,
Amanda Mikkelsen,
Angel Leon, and
Noemi Salazar Factors and
Resources Bibliography Food Web Abiotic/Biotic
Factors Background
Information Population Statistics Threatening of
Biodiversity Inhabitants and
Biodiversity *Riparian zones provide shelter and food to many aquatic animals. These zones surround bodies of water that contain moist to saturated soils along with their affiliated ecosystems and water-loving species.
*The inhabitants (water, soil, microorganisms, plants, animals) interact with these ecosystems.
*Riparian zones can be located with in lakes, estuaries, streams, and rivers which make the availability of water very abundant. "Sedimentation." The Free Dictionary. N.p., 2009. Web. 14 Apr. 2013. <http://www.thefreedictionary.com/sedimentation>.

"Riparian Buffers." N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/programs/extension/wqg/sri/riparian5.pdf>.

"Benefits of Native Species of Riparian Zones." N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2013. <http://www.tva.gov/river/landandshore/stabilization/pdf/benefits.pdf>.

Lewis, Owen. "People." Biodiversity Institute. Biodiversity Institute, 11 Aug. 2011. Web. 10 Apr. 2013. <http://www.biodiversity.ox.ac.uk/people/projects/riparian-forest-strips-as-a-conservation-strategy/>.

"Abiotic and Biotic Factors - River Education Program (Luquillo LTER)." Abiotic and Biotic Factors - River Education Program (Luquillo LTER). UPR, 8 May 2012. Web. 14 Apr. 2013. <https://sites.google.com/a/ites.upr.edu/luquillo-lter/physical-resources-recursos-fisicos/water-agua>.

*Though riparian zones are good for the environment, they can also be destructive towards its surroundings.
*For example, the land that lie around it will erode slowly, and the death rate for fish will increase which results in the degradation of the population.
*This most often leads to the process of sedimentation, or "the process of formation of sedimentary rocks."
*With this sedimentation comes loss of habitat and an expanded stream in width.
*We all use Earth’s resources to keep us alive. Biodiversity is a reference to the opposition of removing these living things.
*Since ecosystems are interconnected, loss or addition of species can completely destroy the ecosystem.
*The riparian ecosystems and their lush vegetation and water provide many advantages and opportunities to a variety of species. They also link the other ecosystems together
*Pollution, physical changes, human impacts, and natural stress events are just some threats to biodiversity in the riparian ecosystems.
*The degradation of the riparian ecosystems has been occurring for centuries and there have been many cases where beautiful lakes have been transformed into agricultural land.
*Many organizations like the "Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences" are trying to conserve biodiversity by limiting harvesting activities and and paying more attention to timber management. *Riparian ecosystems have fantastic vegetation developments due to their conditions of having groundwater, and nutrients from the upland areas. Reduction of sediment loads and pollution are contributions to the nitrogen and phosphorus cycles.*The restoration on in-stream nutrient processing resulted in carbon supply and overall better water quality.*Recently, in a GSA meeting, it was found that “Retention of nitrate and phosphate at the reach scale was positively correlated with water column concentrations and sediment carbon and negatively correlated with stream width, depth and canopy cover.” Pictures All photo credit goes to
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