Articles | Volume 18, issue 12
Biogeosciences, 18, 3565–3577, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-3565-2021
Biogeosciences, 18, 3565–3577, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-3565-2021

Research article 17 Jun 2021

Research article | 17 Jun 2021

Persistent effects of sand extraction on habitats and associated benthic communities in the German Bight

Finn Mielck et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (13 Jul 2020) by Lennart de Nooijer
AR by Finn Mielck on behalf of the Authors (04 Aug 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (28 Aug 2020) by Lennart de Nooijer
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (27 Oct 2020) by Lennart de Nooijer
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (09 Nov 2020)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (11 Nov 2020)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (27 Jan 2021) by Lennart de Nooijer
AR by Finn Mielck on behalf of the Authors (24 Mar 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (25 Mar 2021) by Lennart de Nooijer
AR by Finn Mielck on behalf of the Authors (26 Mar 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (06 Apr 2021) by Lennart de Nooijer
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Marine sand mining is becoming more and more important to nourish fragile coastlines that face global change. We investigated the largest sand extraction site in the German Bight. The study reveals that after more than 35 years of mining, the excavation pits are still detectable on the seafloor while the sediment composition has largely changed. The organic communities living in and on the seafloor were strongly decimated, and no recovery is observable towards previous conditions.
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