Streams: Their Ecology and Life / Edition 1

Streams: Their Ecology and Life / Edition 1

by Colbert E. Cushing, J. David Allan
     
 

Streams are important habitats and are complicated because so many different kinds of animals and plants live in or near them. This book, in four parts, explains stream ecology to the general reader. The first part describes the ecological processes and interactions that take place in streams and rivers. The dynamic aspects of streams, including the abiotic factors

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Streams are important habitats and are complicated because so many different kinds of animals and plants live in or near them. This book, in four parts, explains stream ecology to the general reader. The first part describes the ecological processes and interactions that take place in streams and rivers. The dynamic aspects of streams, including the abiotic factors, energy sources, and food webs, are defined, described, and reviewed. The second part of the book is a simplified classification of streams and rivers that relies on the size of the river as well as on the geographic location of rivers. The third part of the book is a description of the animals and plants commonly in and along the streams and rivers mostly of North America. The last chapter of the book is devoted to the various threats to America's rivers and streams.
"This informative volume is exactly what has long been needed - a book that tells us how rivers and their essential life systems work. Every reader's understanding of our watery lifelines will be enhanced by the superb knowledge and wisdom that these fine scientists impart. Streams: Their Ecology and Life will become a useful tool for better care of our waterways and an essential companion to river enthusiasts."
—TIM PALMER, author of Lifelines: The Case for River Conservation, America by Rivers, and The Heart of America.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780120503407
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
09/21/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
366
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. IThe Ecology of Rivers and Streams
1Rivers as Dynamic Physical Entities3
2Abiotic Factors18
3Energy Resources32
4Feeding Roles and Food Webs44
5Ecology: The Structure and Function of Riverine Ecosystems55
Pt. IITypes of Rivers
6Trout Streams67
7Large Rivers of the West88
8Diverse Rivers of the Southeast104
9Warm-Water Rivers of the Midwest117
10Desert Rivers of the Southwest128
11Special Riverine Systems140
Pt. IIIThe Biota of Rivers
12Algae153
13Higher Plants: The Macrophytes165
14Insects176
15Mollusks222
16Crustaceans237
17Other Invertebrates246
18Fishes257
19Reptiles and Amphibians293
20Birds305
21Mammals314
Pt. IVManagement, Conservation, and Restoration of Rivers
22Coping with the Threats to America's Rivers329
Conversion Factors348
Suppliers of Sampling and Collection Equipment349
References350
Index359

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