Living Ammonia from a hypersaline inland pool, Dead Sea area, Israel

A. Almogi-Labin, L. Perelis-Grossovicz, M. Raab

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A monospecific living population of the foraminifer Ammonia beccarii (Linne) tepida (Cushman, 1926) was found in Navit-3, a small, 25 year old, hypersaline pool. The pool is situated in the Dead Sea rift valley near Mt. Sedom (southern Israel), more than 100 km away from the nearest marine coast. The salinity of the water ranges from 39.7‰ in winter to 54.5‰ in late summer; water temperature ranges from 21°C in winter to 35°C in summer. The foraminifers live mainly in microbial mats on the shallow-bottom parts of the pool. Surface and core-sediment samples contain A. beccarii tepida thanatocoenoses which reflect the living population. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-266
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Foraminiferal Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes


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