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Biogeomorphological self-organization in sandy shelf seas
Borsje, B.W.; Hulscher, S.J.M.H.; Herman, P.M.J.; Degraer, S. (2013). Biogeomorphological self-organization in sandy shelf seas, in: Van Lancker, V. et al. (Ed.) MARID 2013: Fourth International Conference on Marine and River Dune Dynamics. Bruges, Belgium, 15-17 April 2013. VLIZ Special Publication, 65: pp. 53-57
In: Van Lancker, V.; Garlan, T. (Ed.) (2013). MARID 2013: Fourth International Conference on Marine and River Dune Dynamics. Bruges, Belgium, 15-17 April 2013. VLIZ Special Publication, 65. Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences/SHOM/Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ): Oostende. ISBN 978-2-11-128352-7. 338 pp., meer
In: VLIZ Special Publication. Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ): Oostende. ISSN 1377-0950, meer

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Abstract
    Benthic organisms live in the top centimeters of the seabed and change the structure of the seabed in ways not done by physical processes alone, either by reworking the sediment (e.g. bioturbators) or by providing structures (e.g. tube-building worms) and thereby create, modify and maintain habitats. Due to the interaction between the tidal current and the sandy seabed tidal sand waves are formed, which change in form continuously and thereby controlling the spatial and temporal distribution of benthic organisms. This paper investigates the mutual interactions between small-scale benthic organisms and the large-scale underwater landscape of coastal seas, by combining field observations, flume experiments and model studies.

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