An inexpensive and handy technique to study water exchange in the immediate proximity of biological objects inhabiting the sea bottom in marine biological research is considered. The technique is a modification of Muus'  method of gypsum-plaster balls and allows for the evaluation of the biologically relevant parameters of the bottom movement of water, namely total water flux, correlation of vertical and horizontal near-bottom transport of water masses, etc. We present an example of its application in the study of the influence of hydrodynamics on the distribution of Millepora hydroids in Vietnamese reefs.
Russian Journal of Marine Biology – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 8, 2004
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