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Macro and Megabenthic Communities in the High Arctic Canada Basin: Initial Findings
Entry ID: ArcOD_2005B1

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Abstract: This dataset investigates the macro- and megabenthos of the Canada Basin, which is one of the biologically least known areas of the Arctic deep sea. Macro-infauna was collected with 11 box cores at six stations ranging from 640 to 3,250 m water depth. Total abundance ranged from 3 to 265 individuals 0.04 square meters (75 - 6,625 individuals per square meters) and decreased with increasing depth. ... View entire text

Purpose: To assess species composition, abundance and distribution of the infauna of the Arctic Canada Basin.
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  N: 75.93   S: 70.58   E: -122.98   W: -162.31

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Bluhm, B.A., MacDonald IR, Debenham C, Iken K.
Dataset Title: Macro and Megabenthic Communities in the High Arctic Canada Basin: Initial Findings
Dataset Series Name: 28: 218-231
Dataset Release Date: 2004
Issue Identification: Polar Biology
Other Citation Details: Canada Basin Ocean 1 Infauna CCGC Louis S. St. Laurent 2002-23
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2002-08-13
Stop Date: 2002-09-08
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Quality ATTRIBUTE ACCURACY REPORT: The animals counts were done according to convention: sorting under a stereo microscope after sieving and preservations. A 250µm mesh was used for sieving. Accuracy is unknown. Box cores likely lose some light epifauna during coring process, but this is the most common deep-sea infauna collection tool used.

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Distribution Format: EXCEL, OBIS schema
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Email: bluhm at
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Province or State: Alaska
Postal Code: 99775-7220
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Bluhm et al, 2005, Ocean exploration 2002 Canada Basin, Louis S. St. Laurent, Kugluktuk-Barrow, Aug 13-Sept 8, 2002, 28: 218-231, Polar Biology

Bluhm, B.A., MacDonald I.R., Debenham, C., Iken, K, 2004, Macro and megabenthic communities in the high Arctic Canada Basin: initial findings paper, 28: 218-231, Polar Biology
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DIF Creation Date: 2010-01-20
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23

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