The World's Largest Wetlands: Ecology and Conservation

The World's Largest Wetlands: Ecology and Conservation

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Cambridge University Press

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The World's Largest Wetlands: Ecology and Conservation

During the past century approximately fifty percent of the world's wetlands have been destroyed, largely due to human activities. Increased human population has lead to shrinkage of wetland areas, and data show that as they shrink, their important functions decline. Reduced wetland area causes more flooding in Spring, less available water during drought, greater risk of water pollution, and less food production and reduced carbon storage. Much of the remaining pristine wetland systems are found in the world's largest wetlands, and yet these areas have received surprisingly little scientific research or attention. This volume presents the views of leading experts on each of the world's largest wetland systems. Here, this international team of authors share their understanding of the ecological dynamics of large wetlands and their significance, and emphasise their need of conservation.

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ISBN-13: 9780521111362
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/07/2009
Pages: 500
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: big is beautiful P. A. Keddy and L. H. Fraser; 2. The West Siberian lowland peatland ecosystems: importance for biodiversity protection and carbon accumulation A. I. Solomeshch; 3. Amazonian wetlands Wolfgang J. Junk and Maria Teresa Fernandez Piedade; 4. The Hudson Bay lowland: a unique wetland legacy Kenneth F. Abraham; 5. The Pantanal Cleber J. R. Alho; 6. The Mackenzie River Basin wetland complex Dale H. Vitt, Linda A. Halsey and Barbara J. Nicholson; 7. Swamps of the Cuvette Centrale Congolaise Daniel Campbell; 8. Characterisation, degradation, and restoration of the wetlands of the Mississippi River Alluvial Plain Gary P. Shaffer, James G. Gosselink, and Susanne S. Hoeppner; 9. River Nile wetlands: an ecological perspective Irina Springuel and Osman Ali; 10. African wetlands in a semi arid climate: the Chad basin as an example Jacques Lemoalle; 11. Peat accumulating wetlands of southern South America: extent, biodiversity, conservation, threats and opportunities Mary T. Kalin Arroyo, Maritza Mihoj, Patricio Pliscoff, and Manuel Arroyo-Kalin; 12. Prairie potholes of North America Arnold G. van der Valk; 13. The future of large wetland systems: a global perspective Lauchlan H. Fraser and Paul Keddy.

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