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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.
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).
|Pt. I||The Ecology of Rivers and Streams|
|1||Rivers as Dynamic Physical Entities||3|
|4||Feeding Roles and Food Webs||44|
|5||Ecology: The Structure and Function of Riverine Ecosystems||55|
|Pt. II||Types of Rivers|
|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|
|13||Higher Plants: The Macrophytes||165|
|19||Reptiles and Amphibians||293|
|Pt. IV||Management, Conservation, and Restoration of Rivers|
|22||Coping with the Threats to America's Rivers||329|
|Suppliers of Sampling and Collection Equipment||349|