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1 August 2010 The Nearshore Benthic Community of Kasatochi Island, One Year after the 2008 Volcanic Eruption
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A description is presented of the nearshore benthic community of Kasatochi Island 10–12 months after a catastrophic volcanic eruption in 2008. The eruption extended the coastline of the island approximately 400 m offshore, mainly along the south, southeast, and southwest shores, to roughly the 20 m isobath. Existing canopy kelp of Eualaria (Alaria) fistulosa, as well as limited understory algal species and associated fauna (e.g., urchin barrens) on the hard substratum were apparently buried following the eruption. Samples and observations revealed the substrate around the island in 2009 was comprised almost entirely of medium and coarse sands with a depauperate benthic community, dominated by opportunistic pontogeneiid amphipods. Comparisons of habitat and biological communities with other nearby Aleutian Islands, as well as with the Icelandic volcanic island of Surtsey, confirm dramatic reductions in flora and fauna consistent with an early stage of recovery from a large-scale disturbance event.

Stephen C. Jewett, James L. Bodkin, Héloïse Chenelot, George G. Esslinger, and Max K. Hoberg "The Nearshore Benthic Community of Kasatochi Island, One Year after the 2008 Volcanic Eruption," Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 42(3), (1 August 2010). https://doi.org/10.1657/1938-4246-42.3.315
Accepted: 1 April 2010; Published: 1 August 2010
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