Benthic community response to iceberg scouring at an intensely disturbed shallow water site at Adelaide Island, antarctica

Daniel Smale, D.K.A. Barnes, K.P.P. Fraser, L.S. Peck

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    Abstract

    Disturbance is a key structuring force influencing shallow water communities at all latitudes. Polar nearshore communities are intensely disturbed by ice, yet little is known about benthic recovery following iceberg groundings. Understanding patterns of recovery following ice scour may be particularly important in the West Antarctic Peninsula region, one of the most rapidly changing marine systems on Earth. Here we present the first observations from within the Antarctic Circle of community recovery following iceberg scouring. Three grounded icebergs were marked at a highly disturbed site at Adelaide Island (~67°S) and the resultant scours were sampled at
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)85-94
    JournalMarine Ecology Progress Series
    Volume355
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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