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Vanishing Pools Taking Species With Them

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Science  31 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5377, pp. 626
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5377.626a

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Many unusual species, some of which are on the federal endangered species list, spring to life in winter in rainwater ponds, called vernal pools, that linger until late spring or summer every year before evaporating. According to new data presented last month at a joint meeting of the Ecological Society of America and the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography in St. Louis, up to a third of vernal-pool crustaceans thought to have existed in California in the mid-1800s have gone extinct. But attempts at conservation are being bogged down in disputes when private lands are involved.