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Effects of the thermal effluent from C.P. Crane Generating Station on submersed aquatic macrophyte communities in the Saltpeter-Dundee Creek system

dc.contributor.advisorEngelhardt, Katiaen_US
dc.contributor.authorBeser, Todd M.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2007-09-28T15:02:53Z
dc.date.available2007-09-28T15:02:53Z
dc.date.issued2007-08-13en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/7390
dc.description.abstractWhile water quality is often cited as the main factor that controls the distribution of submersed aquatic macrophytes (SAM) in the Chesapeake Bay, additional factors associated with physical and/or biological disturbances also affect the distribution. At local scales, such as in Saltpeter Creek, a tributary to the Gunpowder River, the thermal effluent from C.P. Crane Power Plant may be an important environmental gradient. I mapped the temperature signature of the effluent in Saltpeter Creek and intensively sampled the plant community structure to investigate the ecological similarity of SAM communities within and across different thermal regimes. I also conducted growth chamber experiments to study how different species and populations sampled from different temperature regimes respond to a controlled temperature gradient. Analyses show that although significant differences in water temperature exist across the study site, differences in temperature do not appear to significantly drive the plant community composition of the system.en_US
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dc.titleEffects of the thermal effluent from C.P. Crane Generating Station on submersed aquatic macrophyte communities in the Saltpeter-Dundee Creek systemen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMarine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciencesen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEnvironmental Sciencesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledSubmersed aquatic macrophytesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledGunpowder Riveren_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledMDen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledthermal effluenten_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledChesapeake Bayen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledbiodiversityen_US


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