Streams: Their Ecology and Life / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

Audience: Anyone interested in natural history, freshwater ecologists, and anyone employed in federal and state jobs involving the environment (e.g. park and forest rangers).

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Editorial Reviews

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"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." --Tim Palmer, author of Lifelines: The Case for River Conservation
Tim Palmer
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.
Judy Meyer
When the president of a local watershed protection group asks me what book to read to learn about streams, I'll recommend this one. It is an engaging introduction to the ecology of rivers and streams. The authors' enthusiasm for the subject is contagious.
Charles F. Gauvin
This book is very well organized. It is a comprehensive volume that covers all the basics of stream ecology and would serve as a useful reference for both professional and lay audiences...This is the best available road map through the scientific complexities of a discipline that informs our understanding of environmental quality. —Trout Unlimited
Rosemary J. Mackay
Cushing and Allen have written an attractive and easy-to-read book that will appeal to the nonprofessional, but seriously interested stream-lover for whom it is intended. Superb color photographs of streams and organisms will please any naturalist. ...the book combines the advantages of reference book and field guide, and provides a nontrivial account of ecosystem function in streams and rivers. ...All in all, a good book that J-NABS readers can confidently recommend to others, especially nonprofessionals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780120503407
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 9/21/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. I The Ecology of Rivers and Streams
1 Rivers as Dynamic Physical Entities 3
2 Abiotic Factors 18
3 Energy Resources 32
4 Feeding Roles and Food Webs 44
5 Ecology: The Structure and Function of Riverine Ecosystems 55
Pt. II Types of Rivers
6 Trout Streams 67
7 Large Rivers of the West 88
8 Diverse Rivers of the Southeast 104
9 Warm-Water Rivers of the Midwest 117
10 Desert Rivers of the Southwest 128
11 Special Riverine Systems 140
Pt. III The Biota of Rivers
12 Algae 153
13 Higher Plants: The Macrophytes 165
14 Insects 176
15 Mollusks 222
16 Crustaceans 237
17 Other Invertebrates 246
18 Fishes 257
19 Reptiles and Amphibians 293
20 Birds 305
21 Mammals 314
Pt. IV Management, Conservation, and Restoration of Rivers
22 Coping with the Threats to America's Rivers 329
Conversion Factors 348
Suppliers of Sampling and Collection Equipment 349
References 350
Index 359
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