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Volume 6 (2010): Article 1
Ecohydrological features of some contrasting mires in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
by A. Grootjans, R. Iturraspe, A. Lanting C. Fritz and H. Joosten
Published online: 13.01.2010
In November 2005, Tierra del Fuego (Argentina) hosted the biennial conference and field excursion of the International Mire Conservation Group (IMCG). The group considered the vegetation, hydrology, peat stratigraphy and possible management options for about 20 mires which were visited during a seven-day excursion. We report here some field observations and measurements of electrical conductivity (EC25) in five mires which have been selected to encompass the most important ecohydrological features of the mires of Tierra del Fuego. Existing and new data on landscape topography and vegetation were combined in three-dimensional drawings. These drawings are actually conceptual models which could underpin further ecohydrological research, and proved to be very useful as a basis for discussions amongst conference participants about possible ecohydrological relationships. The mires that were studied developed under a wide range of climatic conditions and included fens and bogs. The bogs typically developed from lakes or fens and most are now dominated by Sphagnum magellanicum. This species forms large hummocks, and can invade weakly-buffered fens. Most of the mires were well preserved, but effects of human impact - such as road building and peat extraction - were also noticeable.
Grootjans, A., Iturraspe, R., Lanting, A., Fritz, C. & Joosten, H. (2010): Ecohydrological features of some contrasting mires in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Mires and Peat 6: Art. 1. (Online: http://www.mires-and-peat.net/pages/volumes/map06/map0601.php)
IMCG and IPS acknowledge the work of the reviewers.