Lake and River Ecosystems


  • Robert Wetzel, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Limnology is the study of the structural and functional interrelationships of organisms of inland waters as they are affected by their dynamic physical, chemical, and biotic environments. Limnology: Lake and River Ecosystems, 3rd Edition, is a new edition of this established classic text. The coverage remains rigorous and uncompromising and has been thoroughly reviewed and updated with evolving recent research results and theoretical understanding. In addition, the author has expanded coverage of lakes to reservoir and river ecosystems in comparative functional analyses.
View full description


Advanced undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, researchers, and government employees interested in freshwater ecology, water management, environmental sciences and many related areas.


Book information

  • Published: April 2001
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-744760-5


s newest edition is marked not only by substantial reworking, updating, and addition but also by the maturation of the author's understanding of freshwater ecosystems, and understanding that has been amassed from years of study and analysis of his own and others' research. ...the author's ability to put the tremendous array of subjects into context is nothing short of remarkable. ...this book is a timely and masterful revision, and it should be on the shelf and in the classroom of every practicing freshwater algal ecologist and limnologist."
—-Carole E. Lembi, Dept of Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University, in JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGICAL ECOLOGY (2001)

Table of Contents

Preface1 Prologue2 Water as a Substance3 Rivers and Lakes - Their Distribution, Origins, and Forms4 Water Economy5 Light in Inland Waters6 Fate of Heat7 Water Movements8 Structure and Productivity of Aquatic Ecosystems9 Oxygen10 Salinity of Inland Waters11 The Inorganic Carbon Complex12 The Nitrogen Cycle13 The Phosphorus Cycle14 Iron, Sulfer, and Silica Cycles15 Planktonic Communities: Algae and Cyanobacteria16 Plantonic Communities: Zooplankton and their Interactions with Fish17 Bacterioplankton18 Land-Water Interfaces: Larger Plants19 Land-Water Interfaces: Attached Microorganisms, Littoral Algae, and Zooplankton20 Shallow Lakes and Ponds21 Sediments and Microflora22 Benthic Animals and Fish Communities23 Detrirus: Organic Carbon Cycling and Ecosystem Metabolism24 Past Productivity: Paleolimnology25 The Ontogeny of Inland Aquatic Ecosystmes26 Inland waters: Understanding is Essential for the FutureReferencesAppendixIndex