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Vegetation Zonation Patterns on the Goksu Delta (Southern Turkey)

Recep Efe and Malcolm Greenwood
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Vegetation zonation within temperate coastal ecosystems is commonly controlled by tidal regimes with the degree of emersion and immersion of tidal waters affecting the distribution of plant communities. However, vegetation zonation in Mediterranean coastal ecosystems experiencing microtidal regimes will not be controlled by the tide. The Goksu Delta is a wetland ecosystem located in southern Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Goksu region experiences extremely low tidal regimes. The vegetation zonation of the ecosystem is distributed in a patchy mosaic and is controlled by local factors including ground water levels, topography and the salinity of lentic water bodies. Aim of this paper to determine the vegetation patterns for the Goksu delta and to propose a zonation model for an ecosystem subjected to microtidal influences.

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Recep Efe and Malcolm Greenwood , 2007. Vegetation Zonation Patterns on the Goksu Delta (Southern Turkey). Journal of Applied Sciences, 7: 2277-2284.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2007.2277.2284


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