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Document Type

Book Chapter

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Editors

Maurice P. Lynch, Elizabeth C. Krome

Publication Date

1987

Book Title

State of the Chesapeake Bay Second Annual Monitoring Report Compendium

Publisher

Chesapeake Research Consortium

Volume

CRC Publication No. 125

Abstract

Communities of submerged aquatic vegetation (SA V) are an integral part of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. They provide an important habitat for many species, either as a food source or as protection from predators, i.e., as a nursery. By reducing currents and baffling waves, they allow for deposition of suspended material. In addition, they bind sediments with their roots and rhizomes to prevent erosion of the underlying material. They are important in nutrient cycling through both the absorption and release of nitrogen and phosphorus.

Distribution and Abundance of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation in 1984 and 1985

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