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The effect of Scott Base waste water discharge on the marine benthic community

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Title: The effect of Scott Base waste water discharge on the marine benthic community
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To determine if the Scott Base waste water discharge has any effect on the marine benthic community, the benthic community was surveyed, tissue samples were collected from bivalves and water samples were analysed for faecal coliform bacteria from two sites, Pram Point (where the outfall is located) and Cape Armitage (some distance away). The benthic community survey was conducted to determine community assemblage. This data set is reported in another data set, see related data link. Bivalves are known to accumulate toxins in tissues and hence represent a useful indicator of long term environmental conditions. Ten Limatula hodgsoni were collected from each of the two sites at Cape Armitage and Pram Point and immediately frozen for analysis of tissue concentrations of heavy metals and hydrocarbons. Water samples were taken from shallow (5m) and deep (25m) regions in the water column at both sites on three occasions. Each of the five 500ml replicate samples from each station was filtered through 0.2µm minisart filters and incubated at 37°C for 24 hours. Colonies were counted and coliform densities estimated. No coliforms were recorded from any of the samples and no evidence was found to suggest that the Scott Base waste water discharge was having a detrimental effect on the benthos. One possible impact of Scott Base was observed. The steep incline of the reef meant that loose rubble tumbled down very easily. Some areas looked as if rocks had fallen from above as scour marks appeared on the reef slope. This is most likely from bulldozing activity around the base, moving sediments and rocks to the edge of the land ice transition. It is suggested that bulldozed material should be kept away from the cliff edge.
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Beginning_Date: 19911016
Ending_Date: 19911109
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Progress: Complete
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West_Bounding_Coordinate: 166.75
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North_Bounding_Coordinate: -77.85
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Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > HUMAN DIMENSIONS > ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS > CONTAMINANT LEVELS/SPILLS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > HUMAN DIMENSIONS > ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS > SEWAGE DISPOSAL
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > HUMAN DIMENSIONS > ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE/MANAGEMENT > ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOSPHERE > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > BENTHIC HABITAT
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOSPHERE > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > REEF HABITAT
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOSPHERE > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > MARINE HABITAT
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > COMMUNITY DYNAMICS > COMMUNITY STRUCTURE
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Place_Keyword: CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA
Place_Keyword: CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA > ROSS ISLAND
Place_Keyword: CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA > CAPE ARMITAGE
Place_Keyword: CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA > PRAM POINT
Place_Keyword: GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR
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Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: CHRIS BATTERSHILL
Contact_Position: INVESTIGATOR
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Address: Australian Institute of Marine Science
Address: PMB 3, Townsville MC
City: Townsville
State_or_Province: Queensland
Postal_Code: 4819
Country: Australia
Contact_Voice_Telephone: +61 (07) 4753 4431
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: +61 (07) 4772 5852
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: c.battershill@aims.gov.au
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Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: NZ/NZAI/ANZ > Antarctica New Zealand, New Zealand Antarctic Institute, New Zealand
Contact_Person: SHULAMIT GORDON
Contact_Position: DATA CENTER CONTACT
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Address: Antarctica New Zealand
Address: Private Bag 4745
City: Christchurch
Country: New Zealand
Contact_Voice_Telephone: +64 3 358 0200
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: +64 3 358 0211
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: s.gordon@antarcticanz.govt.nz
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http://www.antarcticanz.govt.nz/
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Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20090521
Metadata_Review_Date: 20090606
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: CEISHA POIROT
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: SHULAMIT GORDON
Contact_Position: DIF AUTHOR
Contact_Position: DIF AUTHOR
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Address: Antarctica New Zealand
Address: Private Bag 4745
City: Christchurch
Country: New Zealand
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Address: Antarctica New Zealand
Address: Private Bag 4745
City: Christchurch
Country: New Zealand
Contact_Voice_Telephone: +64 3 358 0200
Contact_Voice_Telephone: +64 3 358 0200
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: +64 3 358 0211
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: +64 3 358 0211
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: c.poirot@antarcticanz.govt.nz
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: s.gordon@antarcticanz.govt.nz
Metadata_Standard_Name: FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Time_Convention: local time
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