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Title: Habitat classification of southern coast of Qeshm Island based on surface geology structure
Authors: Ansari, Zeinab
Seyfabadi, Jafar
Owfi, Fereidoon
Rahimi, Morvarid
Keywords: Classification;Coastal Geomorphology;Habitat;Qeshm Island;Substrate
Issue Date: Sep-2014
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: Habitat classification based on the surface geology structure was applied to 122 km of the southern intertidal stretch of the Qeshm Island in 2010.  Natural and anthropogenic features of the covered area were initially surveyed using GPS, and then 12 sites were designated.   Seasonal alteration to surface geology was studied through field surveys, photography, and the Google Earth photos. Three major substrate types of sandy (66.9% or 82 km), rocky-sand (24% or 29 km), and rocky (9.1% or 11 km) were identified. Soft substrate constituted the major part of the mid-western, while rocky substrate was the main feature in the mid-eastern. Results also indicated that southern coast of Qeshm Island was more prone to wave and wind actions than the northern coast. Since rocky and rocky-sand substrates possess various shelters and, hence, support more biotic groups, they require special management to reduce the undesirable impacts on macro invertebrates.
Page(s): 1757-1763
ISSN: 0975-1033 (Online); 0379-5136 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJMS Vol.43(09) [September 2014]

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