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Sediments of Leschenault Inlet: A comparison with other estuaries in South-Western Australia

McComb, A.J., Qiu, S., Paling, E.I. and Hill, N.A. (2001) Sediments of Leschenault Inlet: A comparison with other estuaries in South-Western Australia. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 83 (4). pp. 275-284.

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This paper describes the properties of sediments from Leschenault Inlet, south-western Australia, and compares them with two other estuarine systems in the South West, the Swan-Canning and the Peel-Harvey. Surface sediments of Leschenault Inlet contained a large proportion of fine material, with a particle size finer than in Peel-Harvey sediments. Organic enrichment in surface sediments was higher than that in Peel Inlet, and comparable with part of the eutrophic Harvey Estuary. It was lower than central Harvey Estuary and the Swan-Canning Estuary. Sediments contained a substantial proportion of apatite P, distinctly higher than in Peel-Harvey and Swan-Canning. Concentrations of sediment total phosphorus were relatively low, but higher than in Peel Inlet. The rate of phosphorus release was low compared with the Peel-Harvey and the Swan-Canning.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Environmental Science
Publisher: Royal Society of Western Australia
Copyright: © Royal Society of Western Australia
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