Oribatid Mites (acari: Oribatida) In Oil And Gas Extraction Area At Different Stage Of Soil Remediation

Abstract

A. D. Shtirts, N. E. Zhuravel

The influence of oil and gas extraction on the composition and structure of oribatid mites’ population in areas with different periods of soil remediation is researched. The ecological structure of the oribatid mites’ population in disturbed areas and in virgin steppe is compared. The ecological structure of the oribatid mites’ population of the studied oil and gas extraction areas with different soil remediation period is broken. It is typical artificial ecosystems and it characterized by the low values of species richness, average population density, indexes of ecological diversity. The dominant structure and the life forms distribution are disturbed, especially on the experimental plot 103 after completion of hydraulic fracturing.

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