Physical and chemical environment of Khawr Mugsayl, a coastal lagoon in southern Oman

Reginald Victor, Jayanthi R. Victor, Nicholas V. Clarke*

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Khawrs of the arid Arabian Gulf are coastal lagoons, typically separated from the sea by a sand bar. This study describes and discusses the physical and chemical environment of a khawr in southern Oman. The physical and chemical conditions of the limnetic zone have been monitored for a period of 12-16 months and these conditions were also determined at five littoral sites for two pre-flood and one post-flood month. Depth profiles of selected parameters such as temperature, pH, salinity and dissolved oxygen were recorded on 2 sampling days during the dry months. The environmental conditions studied have been discussed in relation to the drainage characteristics, local rainfall and the flood event, a major controlling factor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Arid Environments
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 1997


  • Arabia
  • Oman
  • arid zone
  • coastal lagoons
  • environment
  • limnetic
  • littoral
  • seasonality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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