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The reworked but unconsolidated sediments are subject to resuspension (Aller and Dodge 1974, Rowden et al. , for bacteria; Gilbert et al. , for diatoms, meiofauna (Suchanek and Colin 1986, Branch and Pringle, 1987), and macrofauna (Posey et al. 1991, Berkenbusch et al. 2000). The presence of complex burrows that open to the sediment-water interface provides oxygenation of the sediments (Forster and Graf 1992) and bioventilation redistributes oxygen and nutrients to the water column (Koike and Mukai 1983, Waslenchuk et al.

1997. Biotic control over the functioning of ecosystems. Science 277: 500503. , and Ehringer, N. 1997. Regrowth of the seagrass Thalassia testudinum into propeller scars. Aquatic Botany 59: 139-155. , and Meelis, E. 1995. Seagrass distribution biomass changes in relation to dugong grazing in the Moluccas, Indonesia. Aquatic Botany 50: 1-19. M. 2000. Marine biodiversity and ecosystem services: an elusive link. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 250: 117-131. , and Marbá, N. 1996.

Quantification of early diagenisis: dissolved constituents in marine pore water. D. 85-128. Springer, Berlin. , and Marsh, H. 2007. Seagrass as pasture for seacows: landscape-level dugong habitat evaluation. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 71: 117132. R. J. 1995. Biometry, the principles and practice of statistics in biological research, 3rd ed. WH Freeman and Co, New York, 887 p. Stafford, N. and Bell, S. 2003. Biological correlates of hydrodynamic regime in a seagrass landscape. J. 1996.

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