The study of the Lagoon of Venice and the Adriatic coastal areas is the aim of the Laboratory of Marine Biology of the Natural History Museum of Venice. Initially it was aimed to complete historical studies describing communities and ecological characteristics of these area. Then, the activities were focused in controlling the effects on the environment and on biological communities of the changes made by humans in the Lagoon. Biological monitoring of the Lagoon means a continuous observation of the species, following any modifications of existing communities, identifying and pointing out the emergence of new species and checking-out regression or disappearance of native species.
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The Tegnúe of the Adriatic Sea are a unique reef formed 7000 years ago right in front of Chioggia and Sottomarina. A various and colorful number of sea creatures live right under the sea, and they are easily visible and reachable to divers in a safe and protected environment. These underwater structures make the Mediterranean islands of Venice even more enticing to explore. They are a piece of Caribbean in the heart of the Mediterrenean sea.
Hidden secrets of the Northern Adriatic: Tegnúe-peculiar reefs
Saltmarshes are the most common geomorphologic form in the Lagoon; nowadays they cover the 8% of its surface, compared to a 25% at the beginning of the century. Their name comes from “baro”, the vernacular term indicating a thick group of bushes or an uncultivated marshy land. They look like a flat and small island, whose substrate is mainly made up of silt-clayey sediments. Saltmarshs are constantly visible, except when the tide rises. High tide represents the limiting factor to their vegetal association in terms of salinity, water availability, lighting, etc.
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