Pollution of Lakes and Rivers: A Paleoenvironmental Perspective / Edition 2

Pollution of Lakes and Rivers: A Paleoenvironmental Perspective / Edition 2

by John P. Smol
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1405159138

ISBN-13: 9781405159135

Pub. Date: 01/22/2008

Publisher: Wiley

Water is an essential life resource, yet the pollution of lakes and rivers has become an international problem, reaching crisis proportions in many regions. As demands on aquatic resources escalate, we must find new approaches to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Now in its second edition, Pollution of Lakes and Rivers addresses many of our present

Overview

Water is an essential life resource, yet the pollution of lakes and rivers has become an international problem, reaching crisis proportions in many regions. As demands on aquatic resources escalate, we must find new approaches to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Now in its second edition, Pollution of Lakes and Rivers addresses many of our present-day water quality problems from an international perspective, covering critical issues such as acidification, eutrophication, land-use changes, pollution by metals and other contaminants, climatic change, and biodiversity losses. It demonstrates how paleolimnological approaches can be used to interpret the physical, chemical, and biological information stored in lake and river sediments, and how this information is integral to identifying key environmental stressors and setting targets for mitigation purposes.

The expanded second edition includes over 250 additional references and a new chapter on recent climatic change and its effects on water quality and quantity. This comprehensive, up-to-date volume provides essential insights into a multi-disciplinary science aimed at tackling some of the most urgent environmental problems of modern times.

PowerPoint slides of the artwork from the book are available from: http://biology.queensu.ca/~pearl/textbook.htm

Reviews:

“This is a useful text. It provides a good level of detail so that the beginner in this area can appreciate what palaeolimnology can (and cannot) achieve. It goes beyond the simple introduction to provide a detailed understanding of how techniques can be applied ... This is a different take on the usual pollution text and would be of great use to those wishing to understand more from sedimentary records.”

Taken from the British Ecological Society’s Teaching Ecology website

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405159135
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/22/2008
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
396
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the second edition.

About the author.

1 There is no substitute for water.

2 How long is long?.

3 Sediments: an ecosystem’s memory.

4 Retrieving the sedimentary archive and establishing the geochronological clock: collecting and dating sediment cores.

5 Reading the records stored in sediments: the present is a key to the past.

6 The paleolimnologist’s Rosetta Stone: calibrating indicators to environmental variables using surface-sediment training sets.

7 Acidification: finding the “smoking gun”.

8 Metals, technological development, and the environment.

9 Persistent organic pollutants: industrially synthesized chemicals “hopping” across the planet.

10 Mercury – “the metal that slipped away”.

11 Eutrophication: the environmental consequences of over-fertilization.

12 Erosion: tracking the accelerated movement of material from land to water.

13 Species invasions, biomanipulations, and extirpations.

14 Greenhouse gas emissions and a changing atmosphere: tracking the effects of climatic change on water resources.

15 Ozone depletion, acid rain, and climatic warming: the problems of multiple stressors.

16 New problems, new challenges.

17 Paleolimnology: a window on the past, a key to our future.

Glossary.

References.

Index

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