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Macro and megabenthic communities in the High Arctic Basin: Initial Findings
Entry ID: UAF_macromegabenthicommunities

Abstract: This dataset investigates the macro- and megabenthos of the Canada Basin,
which is one of the biologically least known areas of the Arctic deep sea.
Macro-infauna was collected with 11 box cores at six stations ranging from 640
to 3,250 m water depth. Total abundance ranged from 3 to 265 individuals 0.04
square meters (75 - 6,625 individuals per square meters) and decreased with
increasing ... View entire text
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 75.93   S: 70.58   E: 122.98   W: 162.31

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Bluhm, B.A., MacDonald IR, Debenham C, Iken K.
Dataset Title: Macro and megabenthic Communities in the High Arctic Canada Basin: Initial Findings
Dataset Series Name: Polar Biology
Dataset Release Date: 2004
Issue Identification: 28: 218-231
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2002-08-13
Stop Date: 2002-09-08
Quality The animals counts were done according to convention: sorting
under a stereo microscope after sieving and preservations. A 250
micrometer mesh was used for sieving. Accuracy is unknown. Box
cores likely lose some light epifauna during coring process, but
this is the most common deep-sea infauna ... View entire text
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints Do not redistribute to third parties. When not provided by taxonomist,
taxonomic information was completed using ITIS (e.g. in many cases for ORDER).
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Contact Address:
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University of Alaska Fairbanks
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City: Fairbanks
Province or State: AK
Postal Code: 99775-7220
Country: USA
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Province or State: Alaska
Postal Code: 99775-7220
Bluhm et al, 2005, Ocean exploration 2002 Canada Basin, Louis S. St. Laurent,Kugluktuk-Barrow, Aug 13-Sept 8, 2002, 28: 218-231, Polar Biology.

Bluhm, B.A., MacDonald I.R., Debenham, C., Iken, K, 2004, Macro and megabenthic communities in the high Arctic Canada Basin, initial findings paper, Polar Biology, 28: 218-231.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2005-12-30
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23