Lake and River Ecosystems

3rd Edition - April 6, 2001

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  • Author: Robert Wetzel
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080574394
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780127447605

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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, Third 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.


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

Table of Contents

  • Preface
    1 Prologue
    2 Water as a Substance
    3 Rivers and Lakes - Their Distribution, Origins, and Forms
    4 Water Economy
    5 Light in Inland Waters
    6 Fate of Heat
    7 Water Movements
    8 Structure and Productivity of Aquatic Ecosystems
    9 Oxygen
    10 Salinity of Inland Waters
    11 The Inorganic Carbon Complex
    12 The Nitrogen Cycle
    13 The Phosphorus Cycle
    14 Iron, Sulfer, and Silica Cycles
    15 Planktonic Communities: Algae and Cyanobacteria
    16 Plantonic Communities: Zooplankton and their Interactions with Fish
    17 Bacterioplankton
    18 Land-Water Interfaces: Larger Plants
    19 Land-Water Interfaces: Attached Microorganisms, Littoral Algae, and Zooplankton
    20 Shallow Lakes and Ponds
    21 Sediments and Microflora
    22 Benthic Animals and Fish Communities
    23 Detrirus: Organic Carbon Cycling and Ecosystem Metabolism
    24 Past Productivity: Paleolimnology
    25 The Ontogeny of Inland Aquatic Ecosystmes
    26 Inland waters: Understanding is Essential for the Future

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1006
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2001
  • Published: April 6, 2001
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080574394
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780127447605

About the Author

Robert Wetzel

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

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  • Paulados O. Sat Feb 02 2019

    This is a very good

    This is a very good book with the basics of freshwater ecology.