Zoned Habitats of Southern Brazilian Coastal Foredunes

Cesar V. Cordazzo, U. Seeliger


Different foredune physiographies characterize the Atlantic coast of Brazil's extreme south. Classification and ordination techniques were used to define plant associations and habitat types based on vegetation biomass, sand stability, and depth of water table, in a coastal region characterized by a "high foredune" physiography. Typical habitats are formed by a frontal dune ridge and a landward positioned sheltered area. Local environmental variants cause retraction of driftline habitats and cyclic formation of an embryo dune habitat.



Coastal foredunes; habitats; plant associations; ordination; classification

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