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Overview

Running waters are enormously diverse, ranging from torrential mountain brooks, to large lowland rivers, to great river systems whose basins occupy subcontinents. While this diversity makes river ecosystems seem overwhelmingly complex, a central theme of this volume is that the processes acting in running waters are general, although the settings are often unique. The past two decades have seen major advances in our knowledge of the ecology of streams and rivers. New paradigms have emerged, such as the river continuum and nutrient spiraling. Community ecologists have made impressive advances in documenting the occurrence of species interactions. The importance of physical processes in rivers has attracted increased attention, particularly the areas of hydrology and geomorphology, and the inter-relationships between physical and biological factors have become better understood. And as is true for every area of ecology during the closing years of the twentieth century it has become apparent that the study of streams and rivers cannot be carried out by excluding the role of human activities, nor can we ignore the urgency of the need for conservation. These developments are brought together in Stream Ecology: Structure and function of running waters, designed to serve as a text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, and as a reference book for specialists in stream ecology and related fields.

Written by an eminent freshwater ecologist, this book summarizes the functional ecology of flowing waters and provides fundamental training in stream ecology for future generations of researchers. Designed to be a standard textbook for ecology courses, it successfully integrates the state of the art in stream ecology. 120 line drawings.

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A text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students and reference for specialists in stream ecology and related fields. It summarizes the developments of the past 20 years, with an emphasis on studies based in small streams, at middle or higher latitudes, and reported in the English-language literature. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780412355301
  • Publisher: Chapman & Hall
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.64 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Channels and flow 1
2 Streamwater chemistry 23
3 Physical factors of importance to the biota 45
4 Autotrophs 83
5 Heterotrophic energy sources 109
6 Trophic relationships 131
7 Predation and its consequences 163
8 Herbivory 187
9 Competitive interactions 205
10 Drift 221
11 Lotic communities 239
12 Organic matter in lotic ecosystems 259
13 Nutrient dynamics 283
14 Modification of running waters by humankind 305
References 343
Index 379
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