Studies on the ecological importance of water flow in wetlands.
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Studies on the ecological importance of water flow in wetlands.

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Published in Toronto .
Written in English


  • Plant ecology.,
  • Plant-water relationships.,
  • Wetlands.

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ContributionsToronto, Ont. University.
The Physical Object
Pagination137 leaves,
Number of Pages137
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL18946422M

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