When we think about connections in and among aquatic systems, we typically envision clear headwater streams flowing into downstream rivers, river floodwaters spilling out onto adjacent floodplains, or groundwater connecting wetlands to lakes and streams. However, there is another layer of connectivity moving materials among freshwater systems, one with connections that are not always tied to downgradient flows of surface waters and groundwater. These movements are those of organisms, key components of virtually every freshwater system on the planet. In their movements across the landscape, biota connect aquatic systems in often-overlooked ways.
|Title||Biota: Providing often-overlooked connections among freshwater systems|
|Authors||David M. Mushet, Jay R. Christensen, Michah Bennett, Laurie C. Alexander|
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Series Title||Water Resources Impact|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center|