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

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Now in its second edition, Pollution of Lakes and Rivers provides essential insights into present-day water quality problems from an international perspective.

  • Explains simply and effectively how lake sediments can be used to reconstruct pollution history
  • Includes over 200 additional references and a new chapter on recent climatic change and its effects on water quality and quantity
  • Tackles present-day water quality problems from an international perspective
  • Previously published by Hodder Arnold

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"This is a very well-written and wide-ranging volume that is both instructive and topical. It is likely to prove useful as an introduction to the general area, a reference source and for teaching purposes." (The Holocene, November 2008)

"If you thought that paleolimnology was just mud, pollen, and diatoms then you will likely be both struck by the complexity of this field of research and grateful that John Smol, FRSC, has described it so clearly and broadly. Simply put, the second edition is an excellent book." ( Journal of Phycology, 2008)

“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 

"John Smol has extensive experience in this field of paleoenvironmental research which he combines well with his excellent written communication skills to produce a text that is easy to read but also thought provoking."  (Quaternary Science Reviews, 2009)

“The breadth of coverage in this text is impressive.” (Lake and Reservoir Management, 2009)

“If I could speak with fluidity and clarity in my lectures as consistently as John Smol writes my students would be very grateful.” (Journal of Paleolimnology, 2009)

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
?John Smol has produced a very readable text on modern day lake andriver pollution problems and paleolimnologic approaches forproviding insights into these problems. The breadth of coverage inthis text is impressive.? ( Lake and Reservoir Management,September 2009)

• This was an enjoyable book to read as the author is extremelyknowledgeable technically, and he writes well and in an easy tounderstand manner.? (Journal of the American Water ResourcesAssociation, June 2009)

"The author has the gift of clear writing which is evident interms of the fluidity and clarity of the book content—.I canhappily recommend this book knowing that my enthusiastic attemptswill be more than well supplemented." (Journal ofPaleolimnology, March 2009)

"John Smol has extensive experience in this field ofpaleoenvironmental research which he combines well with hisexcellent written communication skills to produce a text that iseasy to read but also thought provoking—A very well written andformulated book. It strikes the right balance between descriptionof key issues and the practical methods for investigating these."(Quaternary Science Reviews, Feb 09)

"This comprehensive, up-to-date volume provides essentialinsights into the multidisciplinary science of paleolimnology aimedat tackling some of the most urgent environmental problems."(Lakeline, Fall 2008)

"This is a very well-written and wide-ranging volume that isboth instructive and topical. It is likely to prove useful as anintroduction to the general area, a reference source and forteaching purposes." (The Holocene, November 2008)

On the first edition:

"This is a useful text. It provides a good level of detail sothat the beginner in this area can appreciate what palaeolimnologycan (and cannot) achieve." (Bigpond.net.au)

"I promise you will come away thinking!"
Nandini Kumar, TerraGreen"Intellectually generous andgracious, a fine example showing us that scientists, too, havetheir poetic sides which can be used to charm us while they produceconvincing work." (U.S. Water News)

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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

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 thegeochronological clock: collecting and dating sediment cores.

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

6 The paleolimnologist’s Rosetta Stone: calibratingindicators to environmental variables using surface-sedimenttraining sets.

7 Acidification: finding the “smoking gun”.

8 Metals, technological development, and the environment.

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

10 Mercury – “the metal that slippedaway”.

11 Eutrophication: the environmental consequences ofover-fertilization.

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

13 Species invasions, biomanipulations, and extirpations.

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

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

16 New problems, new challenges.

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




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