FORAMINIFERAL ASSEMBLAGE OF TIDAL FLATS IN ELD AND BUDD INLETS, PUGET SOUND, WASHINGTON STATE, USA
A preliminary study of the Foraminiferal assemblage of the tidal flat of Budd Inlet have been previously published (Dente et al., 2019). The Budd Inlet intertidal foraminiferal assemblage characterized by low diversity and low abundance. The assemblage is dominated by a single species Ammonia beccarii, in some samples a monospecific assemblage. The abundance and diversity of tidal flat Foraminifera species increases from the head to the mouth of Budd inlet along the east margin. On the west side of the inlet diversity increases from the mouth to the head of the inlet. In Eld inlet the diversity and abundance of Foraminifera increases from the head toward the mouth.
Comparison the Foraminiferal Assemblage in the two inlets indicates that the LOTT waste water treatment effluent is having an impact on the Foraminiferal Assemblage. The input of high nutrient waste water appears to be the major factor causing this impact.
Dente, C., Frederick, D. L. and Stewart, K. (2019) ‘Foraminiferal assemblage in the tidal flats of Budd Inlet, Puget Sound, Washington State, USA’, Abstracts with Programs - Geological Society of America, 51(5), p. @Abstract no. 270-9. Available at: Https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=geh&AN=2020-024091&site=ehost-live&scope=site (Accessed: 20 July 2021).