Original Articles

BATHYMETRIC STUDIES ON THE PONGOLO RIVER FLOODPLAIN

DOI: 10.1080/03779688.1978.9633158
Author(s): C.M. BreenPongolo River Research Group, Departments of Botany, South Africa, H.D. FurnessPongolo River Research Group, Departments of Botany, South Africa, J. HeegPongolo River Research Group, Departments of Zoology, South Africa, J. KokPongolo River Research Group, Departments of Zoology, South Africa

Abstract

Thirteen of the major pans on the Pongolo river floodplain have been studied. Most are shallow (>2.5 m) and regularly lose up to 70% of their water each year, although few dry out. Floods inundate considerable areas (1000 ha) around pans situated in the flatter parts of the floodplain. Whilst inundated, these areas provide an allochthonous energy and nutrient source for the pan and, as the water levels recede, the exposed Cynodon dactylon (L.) Pers lawns provide grazing for cattle. The suitability of the various pans for fish production is discussed.

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