Southeastern Section–56th Annual Meeting (29–30 March 2007)
Paper No. 2-6
Presentation Time: 10:00 AM-10:20 AM

WATER LEVEL FLUCTUATION IN CAROLINA BAYS IN A 10-YEAR PERIOD

LIDE, Robert F., Northwest Florida Water Management District, 81 Water Management Drive, Havana, FL 32333, Robert.Lide@nwfwmd.state.fl.us

Many Carolina bays are wetlands and are an important component of the diverse flora and fauna on the Atlantic Coastal Plain. Knowledge of the hydrology of these depressions helps us to better understand the role of wetlands bays in the regional ecology. This paper reports on findings from a 10-year study on five dozen Carolina bays in which a hydrographic database was constructed. It illustrates the significant effect of fluctuating water levels in Carolina bays to their ecological functioning. Variations in water level are linked to water table, vegetation differences, micro-climatic conditions, and soil characteristics such as permeability.

Southeastern Section–56th Annual Meeting (29–30 March 2007)
General Information for this Meeting
Session No. 2
Geology and Ecology of Carolina Bays
Hyatt Regency Savannah on the Historic Riverfront: Ballroom E
8:00 AM-12:00 PM, Thursday, 29 March 2007

Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 39, No. 2, p. 6

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