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The coral fauna of Diego Garcia lagoon following harbour construction


Year
1
Source
Marine Pollution Bulletin 11(8): 227-230.
Source type
journal_article
DOI
10.1016/0025-326X(80)90412-9
ISBN-13
0
Keywords
Scleractnia (hard corals)
Link
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0025326X80904129
Abstract
Early descriptions of Diego Garcia atoll report a fairly poor coral cover on lagoon knolls. Following dredging and blasting for military construction in this very enclosed lagoon a brief survey was made of the coral fauna on six knolls near the new anchorage. All showed a high diversity of species that compared well with nearby, unaffected atoll lagoons but had a very variable and low coral cover. The process of construction appears to have had no major or lasting effect on the coral diversity, and cover may not have changed as a result of the works. Oil or other toxic spillages remain a threat, and this survey forms a baseline in such events.
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Status
S
Authors
Sheppard Charles .
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