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Ecohydrology of riparian forests in the Orinoco River Basin

Rosales, Judith and Vispo, C. and Dezzeo, N. and Blanco-Belmonte, L. and Knab-Vispo, C. and Gonzalez, N. and Daza, F. and Petts, Geoffrey E. and Bradley, C. and Gilvear, D.J. and Escalante, G. and Chacón, N. (2002) Ecohydrology of riparian forests in the Orinoco River Basin. In: McClain, Michael E., (ed.) The ecohydrology of South American rivers and wetlands. IAHS special publication (6). International Association of Hydrological Sciences, Wallingford, pp. 93-110. ISBN 9781901502022

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Abstract

This paper describes some important ecohydrological interactions within riparian forests in lower Orinoco using the Caura and Mapire rivers in Venezuela. The importance of riparian forests and hydrological seasonality for aquatic faunal ecology and human use patterns are examined using the Caura River. On the other hand, the influence of ecohydrology on the composition, structure and diversity of riparian forests communities was analysed using the Mapire River. By comparing the decomposition processes of the Caura and Mapire floodplains, ecohydrological interactions of biochemical gradients along river confluence zones are discussed.

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Research Community:University of Westminster > Life Sciences, School of
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