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Title: Buffels (CW3)
Authors: Estuarine and Coastal Research Unit, ECRU
Keywords: Estuaries - South African estuaries
Cape estuaries
Coastal research
Buffels River
Buffels estuary
Abiotic characteristics
Biotic characteristics
River catchment
Council for Scientific and Industrial Council
National Research Institute for oceanology
Issue Date: Apr-1981
Publisher: CSIR, National Research Institute for Oceanology
Citation: CSIR, Estuarine and Coastal Research Unit. 1981. Report 2 of the Estuaries of the Cape, Part 2: Synopses of available information on individual systems series, edited by Heydorn, AEF and Grindley, JR. Stellenbosch: CSIR. (CSIR Research Report 401)
Series/Report no.: CSIR Research Report number
CSIR estuary index number
CSIR NRIO number
Abstract: This report entails available historical information on Buffels estuary and abiotic and biotic characteristics found in the estuary are presented. Although the Buffels River has a relatively large catchment compared with most other major rivers of the Cape Province (8th largest catchment in the Cape) it only flows into the sea at times of exceptionally high rainfall. The reasons for this are that the major part of the catchments lays between the 100-200 mm mean annual isohyets and that the geological formation of the river basin is such that it forms two large aquifers which absorb much of the river flow. The presence of one of these aquifers at the mouth of the Buffels River provides fresh water and thus allowed for the development of the Kleinsee mining settlement.
Description: Estuaries of the Cape
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/3480
ISBN: 0 7988 1815 8
Appears in Collections:Water resources and human health
Coastal and marine systems
General science, engineering & technology

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