The role of animals in an arid ecosystem: snails and isopods as controllers of soil formation, erosion and desalination

M. Shachak, C. G. Jones, S. Brand

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    Abstract

    Rock-eating snails and burrowing isopods in the Negev desert are important agents of soil formation, erosion and desalinization. These snails and isopods are used as case studies to examine: the relationships between activities of animals and abiotic resource dynamics, using the concept of ecological flow chains to explicitly interrelate the flows of energy and materials controlled by biotic and abiotic factors; and the relationship between animal density to the spatial and temporal dynamics of soil formation. -Authors

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationConference paper
    Place of PublicationGermany
    Publisher Catena Verlag
    Pages37-50
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Print)3-923381-37-9
    StatePublished - 1995

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Environmental Science (all)
    • Earth and Planetary Sciences (all)

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