Coral Reef Ecosystem of Lakshadweep Archipelago –A Biogeochemical Facsimile

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Coral Reef Ecosystem of Lakshadweep Archipelago –A Biogeochemical Facsimile

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Title: Coral Reef Ecosystem of Lakshadweep Archipelago –A Biogeochemical Facsimile
Author: Anu,Gopinath; Chandramohanakumar,N
Abstract: The present study focuses on the biochemical aspects of six islands belonging to Lakshadweep Archipelago – namely Kavaratti, Kadamath, Kiltan, Androth, Agathy and Minicoy. Lakshadweep, which is an area biologically significant due to isolation from the major coastline, remains as one of the least studied areas in Indian Ocean. The work, processed out the distributional pattern of trace metals among the biotic (corols, sea weeds and sea grass) and abiotic component (sediments) of ecosystem. An effort is made to picturise the spatial distribution pattern of different forms of nitrogen and phosphorus in the various sedimentary environments of the study area. Studies on the biogeochemical and nutrient aspects of the concerned study area scanty. In Lakshadweep, the local life is very dependent on reefs and its resources. The important stress which produce a threatening effort on the existence for coral reefs are anthropogenic-namely-organic and inorganic pollution from sewage, agricultural and industrial waters, sediment damage from excessive land cleaning, and over exploitation particularly through destructive fishing methods. In addition these one other more localized or less service anthropogenic stress: pollution by oil and other hydrocarbons, complex organic molecular and heavy metal pollution, and destructive engineering practices.
URI: http://dyuthi.cusat.ac.in/purl/65
Date: 2002


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