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Inbook Reference Executive summary: Attraction, avoidance and habitat use at various spatial scales
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2021
Article Reference Upward surface movement above deep coal mines after closure and flooding of underground workings
After the mass closures of entire coal mine districts in Europe at the end of the last century, a new phenomenon of surface movement was observed—an upward movement. Although most surface movement (i.e., subsidence) occurs in the months and years after mining by the longwall method, surface movement still occurs many decades after mining is terminated. After the closure and flooding of underground excavations and surrounding rock, this movement was reversed. This paper focuses on quantifying the upward movement in two neighboring coal mines (Winterslag and Zwartberg, Belgium). The study is based on data from a remote sensing technique: interferometry with synthetic aperture radar (INSAR). The results of the study show that the rate of upward movement in the decade after closure is about 10 mm/year on average. The upward movements are not linked directly to the past exploitation directly underneath a location. The amounts of subsidence at specific locations are linked mainly to their positions relative to an inverse trough shape situated over the entire mined-out areas and their immediate surroundings. Local features, such as geological faults, can have a secondary effect on the local variation of the uplift. The processes of subsidence and uplift are based on completely different mechanisms. Subsidence is initiated by a caving process, while the process of uplift is clearly linked to flooding.
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2018
Mastersthesis Reference Variations spatiales des communautés de macroarthropodes du sol et de vers de terre d'un pré de fauche en réponse à des variations du régime de fertilisation minérale
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2021
Article Reference Sediment variability in intermittently extracted sandbanks in the Belgian part of the North Sea
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2023
Article Reference Mangrove Ecosystem Properties Regulate High Water Levels in a River Delta
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2023
Article Reference On two cyrtospiriferid brachiopod species from the lower Famennian of central Armenia
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2022
Article Reference New sperm whale remains from the late Miocene of the North Sea and a revised family attribution for the small crown physeteroid Thalassocetus Abel, 1905
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2021
Article Reference The ants of the Galápagos Islands (Hymenoptera, Formicidae): a historical overview, checklist, and identification key
The Galápagos ant fauna has long been understudied, with the last taxonomic summary being published almost a century ago. Here, a comprehensive and updated overview of the known ant species of the Galápagos Islands is provided with updated species distributions. The list is based on an extensive review of literature, the identification of more than 382,000 specimens deposited in different entomological collections, and recent expeditions to the islands. The ant fauna is composed of five subfamilies (Dolichoderinae, Dorylinae, Formicinae, Myrmicinae, and Ponerinae), 22 genera, 50 species, and 25 subspecies, although three species (Crematogaster crinosa Mayr, 1862, Camponotus senex (Smith, 1858), and Solenopsis saevissima (Smith, 1855)) are considered dubious records. Finally, an illustrated identification key of the species found in the archipelago is presented.
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2023
Book Reference Een midden-Romeinse rurale site in de Sigma zone ‘Wijmeers 2’ (Schellebelle, Oost-Vlaanderen)
Dit rapport bespreekt de resultaten van het archeologisch onderzoek op de site ‘Wijmeers C’ (opgravingsvergunning 2012/327) in het Sigma-gebied Wijmeers 2. De opgraving werd uitgevoerd van 3-09-2012 tot 15-11-2012 door het agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed, gefinancierd door Waterwegen en Zeekanaal nv (ondertussen hervormd tot de Vlaamse Waterweg). Hoewel beperkt in oppervlakte heeft de site van de Wijmeers, mede dankzij de goede bewaringscondities, zeer veel informatie opgeleverd over de aard van de Romeinse bewoning en diens ‘economie’, en de impact van de bewoners op het landschap. Qua chronologie kunnen we aan de hand van het culturele materiaal deze bewoning situeren vanaf de late 1ste eeuw of het begin van de 2de eeuw n. Chr., tot in het begin van de 3de eeuw n. Chr. De afvalpakketten, en vooral dan dit bij het volledig opgegraven erf in het oosten van de site, bieden een voor de Scheldevallei en de regio in het algemeen een bijzonder en vooralsnog unieke inkijk in het levensonderhoud van de bewoners van een rurale Romeinse site.
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2024
Article Reference FIRST RECORD OF FIVE ANT SPECIES (HYMENOPTERA: FORMICIDAE) FROM RWANDA
Ant studies conducted in Rwanda have reported a total of 105 ant species. However, this is an underestimation of the total ant richness since Rwanda is in a region rich in biodiversity. To fill the gaps, ants have been sampled in planted forests, coffee plantations, and different other land use types since 2017. Specimens have been collected using pitfall traps and hand collection, digitized, and identified to subfamily, genus, and species level. Results indicated that five ant species were found in Rwanda for the first time. These are Camponotus acvapimensis, Camponotus schoutedeni, Camponotus sericeus, Odontomachus assiniensis and Tetramorium sericeiventre. Specimens are deposited at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Science and the Rwanda Ant Collection. We recommend more ant studies focussing on their mode of living. This will result in more ant species newly recorded in the country and possibly new to science.
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2023