Rhodoliths: between rocks and soft places.

TitleRhodoliths: between rocks and soft places.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsFoster, MS
JournalJournal of Phycology
Date Published10/2001
ISBN Number0022-3646
Keywordsclimate recorders, ecology, maërl, paleoenvironments, rhodolites, rhodoliths

Rhodoliths (maërl) are widely distributed in the worlds' oceans and have an excellent fossil record. Individuals are slow growing, may be long lived (>100 years), and are resilient to a variety of environmental disturbances. Their external morphology and internal growth bands are potential archives of environmental variation at scales of within years to tens of years. At high densities, these free-living non-geniculate coralline algae form rhodolith beds, communities of high diversity that can be severely impacted by resource extraction.

Short TitleJournal of Phycology