DATABASE: Fish Tales

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Science  05 Sep 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5638, pp. 1299
DOI: 10.1126/science.301.5638.1299b

The latest feature at the U.S. Geological Survey clearinghouse on water quality is a trove of data collected between 1993 and 2002 on the abundances of different fish species in nearly 1000 streams. Ecologists and fish biologists can use the collection to characterize aquatic communities and look for trends. Researchers investigating the biological effects of pollution can also tap into data on the concentrations of contaminants such as metals and pesticides in tissues of water-dwelling creatures.

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