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Lakes: A Very Short Introduction

Warwick F. Vincent

January 2018

ISBN: 9780198766735

168 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Ranging from vast inland seas to hydro-reservoirs, lakes are unique, complex, ecosystems. Warwick Vincent introduces lake science, or limnology, and the importance of protecting and sustaining these vitally important living resources. He explains the impact of factors such as climate, seasons, salinity, and sedimentation on lake biodiversity.

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Ranging from vast inland seas to hydro-reservoirs, lakes are unique, complex, ecosystems. Warwick Vincent introduces lake science, or limnology, and the importance of protecting and sustaining these vitally important living resources. He explains the impact of factors such as climate, seasons, salinity, and sedimentation on lake biodiversity.

  • Introduces limnology (lake science) , and considers its importance to understanding and maintaining lake ecosystems and geography
  • Uses examples from around the world, extending from the tropical regions to the poles, to demonstrate how the current challenges facing lake ecosystem protection, restoration, and management are global in scope
  • Discusses how the fields of Earth sciences, plant and animal ecology, geography, geophysics, and global change science all play a part in our understanding of limnology
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over nine million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Warwick F. Vincent, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Département de biologie & Centre d''études nordiques (CEN), Université Laval

Warwick Vincent is professor of biology at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada, where he teaches limnology (lake science) and oceanography. He also holds the Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and is former director of the interuniversity Centre for Northern Studies. He is especially known for his work on Arctic and Antarctic ecosystems, and much of his current research is on lakes, rivers, and coastal seas in the Canadian North. His books include Microbial Ecosystems of Antarctica (CUP, 1988) and Polar Lakes and Rivers (OUP, 2008), with Johanna Laybourn-Parry. Dr. Vincent has received several awards and distinctions including the Ramon Margalef Award from the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) for education at all levels, from graduate student training to public outreach. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:Deep waters
    2:Sunlight and motion
    3:Life support systems
    4:Food chains to fish
    5:Extreme lakes
    6:Lakes and us
    Further reading
    Index

Reviews

"A fast-track insight into lakes, from how they're formed to a hit list of 'extreme lakes' in unusual places. Packed with facts but not (ahem) a dry read." - Sarah Barrell, National Geographic Traveller

"Does an excellent job at showing how biology, chemistry and physics are inextricably linked and necessary to understand lakes. Overall, this short book provides an excellent and lucid introduction to the beauty and complexity of lakes." - Yves Prairie, UNESCO Chair in Global Environmental Change

"This book is a sparkling gem! It is a must-read not only for novices intrigued by freshwaters but also academics teaching limnology (study of inland waters) and university students interested in the subject." - Marianne Moore, Frost Professor Emerita in Environmental Science, Wellesley College.

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