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Title:
Selenium in aquatic habitats at Imperial National Wildlife Refuge
Author:
Lusk, Joel David, 1963-
Issue Date:
1993
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
During 1991 and 1992, I studied environmental contamination of the aquatic communities at Imperial National Wildlife Refuge on the lower Colorado River. I collected composite samples of sediment, detritus, aufwuchs, aquatic plants, invertebrates, and fishes from 2 river sites, 5 backwater lakes, and 2 seepage lakes. Selenium concentrations (μg/g, dry weight) were elevated in sediment (geometric mean = 0.93, range = none detected (ND) to 4.1); detritus (4.50, 0.4-27.4); aufwuchs (4.85, 2.6-10.2); Najas marina (5.66, ND-21.0); Corbicula spp. (10.54, 5.8-26.5); Procambarus clarkii (7.70, 1.5-35.8); whole fishes (6.70, 1.6-17.2); and fish fillets (9.72, 5.8-22.6). Ninety-four percent of whole fishes and invertebrates (n = 185) contained concentrations of selenium that exceeded 3 μg/g, a concentration recommended by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect aquatic birds from chronic selenium toxicity. Biological samples from seepage lakes had significantly lower (p ≤ 0.05) selenium levels than similar samples from backwater lakes. Selenium is incorporated into plants in backwater lakes and enters consumers primarily through the detrital food web.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Biology, General.; Agriculture, Forestry and Wildlife.; Environmental Sciences.; Biology, Limnology.
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Renewable natural resources
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Maughan, O. Eugene

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleSelenium in aquatic habitats at Imperial National Wildlife Refugeen_US
dc.creatorLusk, Joel David, 1963-en_US
dc.contributor.authorLusk, Joel David, 1963-en_US
dc.date.issued1993en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractDuring 1991 and 1992, I studied environmental contamination of the aquatic communities at Imperial National Wildlife Refuge on the lower Colorado River. I collected composite samples of sediment, detritus, aufwuchs, aquatic plants, invertebrates, and fishes from 2 river sites, 5 backwater lakes, and 2 seepage lakes. Selenium concentrations (μg/g, dry weight) were elevated in sediment (geometric mean = 0.93, range = none detected (ND) to 4.1); detritus (4.50, 0.4-27.4); aufwuchs (4.85, 2.6-10.2); Najas marina (5.66, ND-21.0); Corbicula spp. (10.54, 5.8-26.5); Procambarus clarkii (7.70, 1.5-35.8); whole fishes (6.70, 1.6-17.2); and fish fillets (9.72, 5.8-22.6). Ninety-four percent of whole fishes and invertebrates (n = 185) contained concentrations of selenium that exceeded 3 μg/g, a concentration recommended by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect aquatic birds from chronic selenium toxicity. Biological samples from seepage lakes had significantly lower (p ≤ 0.05) selenium levels than similar samples from backwater lakes. Selenium is incorporated into plants in backwater lakes and enters consumers primarily through the detrital food web.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectBiology, General.en_US
dc.subjectAgriculture, Forestry and Wildlife.en_US
dc.subjectEnvironmental Sciences.en_US
dc.subjectBiology, Limnology.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineRenewable natural resourcesen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorMaughan, O. Eugeneen_US
dc.identifier.proquest1356815en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b31473490en_US
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