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

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As part of the Arnold KEY ISSUES IN ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE series, this major new text provides an authoritative overview of the use of sedimentary records to study the environmental degradation and recovery of lakes and rivers. Written by an internationally acknowledged expert on the subject, the book includes the results of the most recent research and up-to-date data, much of which is found in a wide range of technical sources and normally inaccessible to students. A distinctive feature of the book is its temporal focus, allowing for discussion of the lessons to be learned from the past in understanding and solving current and future problems of lake and river pollution.

In keeping with the aims of the series to provide clear and up to date topics of current environmental concern, John Smol has written to inform rather than impress, using plain language, full explanations, pertinent examples and case studies. A glossary of technical terms precedes a full reference list, which includes annotations relating to useful further reading where appropriate.

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This is a terrific text for undergraduate and Masters students covering a vast range of material that is both accessible and up to date; there is a useful glossary and index with a comprehensive reference list....

....With few other books available covering this rapidly growing subject, it will be a key reference for undergraduate teaching, not just in palaeolimnology but also in environmental change.

Volume 170 2004
Geographical Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405159135
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/22/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

John P. Smol FRSC is a Professor in the Department of Biology at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, with a cross-appointment at the School of Environmental Studies. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change, and is the Editor-in-Chief for the journal Environmental Reviews and is the founding editor of the Journal of Paleolimnology, which he edited from 1987 to 2007

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Table of Contents

There is no substitute for water
How long is long?
Sediments: An ecosystem's memory
Retrieving the sedimentary archive and establishing the geochronological clock: Collecting and dating sediment cores
Reading the records stored in sediments: The present is a key to the past
The paleolimnologist's Rosetta Stone: Calibrating indicators to environmental variables using surface sediment training sets
Acidification: Finding the ""smoking gun""
Metals, technological development, and the environment
Persistent organic pollutants: Industrially synthesized chemicals ""hopping"" across the planet
Mercury - ""The metal that slipped away""
Eutrophication: The environmental consequences of over-fertilization
Erosion Tracking the accelerated movement of material from land to water
Species invasions, biomanipulations, and extirpations
Ozone depletion, acid rain, and climatic warming: The problems of multiple stressors
New problems, new challenges
Paleolimnology: A window on the past, a key to our future.
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