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Heat as a Tool for Studying the Movement of Ground Water Near Streams

Stream temperature has long been recognized as an important water quality parameter. Temperature plays a key role in the health of a stream’s aquatic life, both in the water column and in the benthic habitat of streambed sediments. Many fish are sensitive to temperature. For example, anadromous salmon require specific temperature ranges to successfully develop, migrate, and spawn [see Halupka and others, 2000]. Metabolic rates, oxygen requirements and availability, predation patterns, and susceptibility of organisms to contaminants are but a few of the many environmental responses regulated by temperature.

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Date Of Record Release 2009-09-22 14:37:29
Description Stream temperature has long been recognized as an important water quality parameter. Temperature plays a key role in the health of a stream’s aquatic life, both in the water column and in the benthic habitat of streambed sediments. Many fish are sensitive to temperature. For example, anadromous salmon require specific temperature ranges to successfully develop, migrate, and spawn [see Halupka and others, 2000]. Metabolic rates, oxygen requirements and availability, predation patterns, and susceptibility of organisms to contaminants are but a few of the many environmental responses regulated by temperature.
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Source United States Geological Survey
Keyword Groundwater, Streams
Selector Bates
Date Of Record Creation 2009-09-22 14:33:53
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Date Last Modified 2009-09-22 14:38:56
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2009-09-22 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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