Biological circuits and the marine systems of Texas
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In many ways, Texas bays, including Galveston Bay, are forerunners of conditions that will soon be much more general the world over. Because the bays have no tide, are only 1-12 ft deep, and are connected with the sea by such narrow passages, the imports and exports by activities of man are producing great effects sooner than elsewhere. For the same reason the Texas bays are within man's capacity for management through the manipulation of flow's, salinities, rivers, and populations. It is appropriate to use the Texas Bay systems as examples in considering the means for management of any new network involving man and nature. In this discussion we will introduce a language of biological circuits and examine the partition of energy flow under various conditions of stress.