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    Author(s): Scott G. Liebowitz; Robert T. Brooks
    Date: 2008
    Source: In: Calhouh, Aram J.K.; deMaynadier, Phillip G., eds. Science and Conservation of Vernal Pools in Northeastern North America. CRC Press. Boca Raton, FL: 31-53.
    Publication Series: Other
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    Hydrology is fundamental to wetland establishment and maintenance of wetland processes (Cole et al. 2002). Hydrology has been shown to affect, if not control, many aspects of wetland ecology, including litter decomposition and the accumulation of organic matter and sediment (Barlocher et al. 1978), the composition and productivity of pool fauna (Paton and Couch 2002), and amphibian diversity (Burne and Griffin 2005). Vernal pools are a type of wetland that normally experiences drawdowns and dry periods. Tiner (2003) notes that although alternating wet and dry periods occur in most wetlands, vernal pools experience extreme fluctuations in moisture conditions. This hydrologic variability, both within- and between-year, is a primary factor influencing species composition and productivity (Paton and Couch 2002).

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    Liebowitz, Scott G.; Brooks, Robert T. 2008. Hydrology and landscape connectivity of vernal pools. Chapter 3. In: Calhouh, Aram J.K.; deMaynadier, Phillip G., eds. Science and Conservation of Vernal Pools in Northeastern North America. CRC Press. Boca Raton, FL: 31-53.

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