Journal article

Water sources accessed by arid zone riparian trees in highly saline environments, Australia

Justin F Costelloe, Emily Payne, Ian E Woodrow, Elizabeth C Irvine, Andrew W Western, Fred W Leaney

OECOLOGIA | SPRINGER | Published : 2008

Abstract

The flow regimes of arid zone rivers are often highly variable, and shallow groundwater in the alluvial aquifers can be very saline, thus constraining the availability and quality of the major water sources available to riparian trees-soil water, shallow groundwater and stream water. We have identified water sources and strategies used by riparian trees in more highly saline and arid conditions than previously studied for riparian trees of arid zone rivers. Our research focused on the riparian species Eucalyptus coolabah, one of the major riparian trees of ephemeral arid zone rivers in Australia. The water sources available to this riparian tree were examined using delta(18)O isotope data fr..

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