Polar Lakes and Rivers: Limnology of Arctic and Antarctic Aquatic Ecosystems

Paperback | October 11, 2008

EditorWarwick F. Vincent, Johanna Laybourn-Parry

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This is the first book to describe the ecology of high latitude lakes, rivers and glacial environments in both the North and South polar regions. From the lake-rich floodplains of the Arctic to the deep, enigmatic waters of Lake Vostok, Antarctica, these regions contain some of the mostextraordinary aquatic ecosystems on Earth. They provide a fascinating diversity of habitats for plant, animal and microbial communities, and are proving to be valuable model systems for exploring many ecological themes including landscape-lake interactions, adaptation of life to environmentalextremes, and controls on the structure and functioning of aquatic ecosystems. Some of these waters also have direct global implications, including permafrost thaw lakes as sources of greenhouse gases, subglacial aquatic environments as a storehouse of ancient microbes, and Arctic rivers as majorinputs of freshwater and organic carbon to the World Ocean. Given that many polar areas are experiencing greater climate warming than at lower latitudes, these ecosystems can also be viewed as sentinels of global change. This timely volume brings together many of the world's leading researchers in polar limnology to describe these diverse aquatic environments and their ecology. It introduces each major ecosystem type, examines the similarities and differences between Arctic and Antarctic systems as well as theirresponses to environmental change, and describes new frontiers for future research. A glossary of terms is provided for non-specialists, and a set of colour plates introduces the ecosystems and their biota.iPolar Lakes and Rivers/i will be of value to students and specialist researchers alike, as well as to those with a more general interest in aquatic ecology, polar environments or global change who require an authoritative overview of this fast emerging topic.

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This is the first book to describe the ecology of high latitude lakes, rivers and glacial environments in both the North and South polar regions. From the lake-rich floodplains of the Arctic to the deep, enigmatic waters of Lake Vostok, Antarctica, these regions contain some of the mostextraordinary aquatic ecosystems on Earth. They pr...

Prof. Warwick Vincent is Professor of Biology and Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Ecosystem Studies at Laval University, Quebec City, Canada. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada, and honorary member of the Royal Society of New Zealand. His research focuses on aquatic microbial ecology, light and primary production, and ecos...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:346 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.71 inPublished:October 11, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199213895

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Warwick F. Vincent and Johanna Laybourn-Parry: Preface1. Warwick F. Vincent, John E. Hobbie and Johanna Laybourn-Parry: Introduction to the limnology of high latitude lake and river ecosystems2. Reinhard Pienitz, Peter T. Doran and Scott F. Lamoureux: Origin and geomorphology of lakes in the Polar Regions3. Dominic A. Hodgson and John P. Smol: High latitude palaeolimnology4. Warwick F. Vincent, Sally MacIntyre, Robert H. Spigel and Isabelle Laurion: The physical limnology of high latitude lakes5. Diane M. McKnight, Michael N. Gooseff, Warwick F. Vincent and Bruce J. Peterson: High latitude rivers and streams6. Ian Hawes, Clive Howard-Williams and Andrew G. Fountain: Ice-based freshwater ecosystems7. John C. Priscu, Slawek Tulaczyk, Michael Studinger, Mahlon C. Kennicutt II, Brent C. Christner and Christine M. Foreman: Antarctic subglacial water: origin, evolution and ecology8. W. Berry Lyons and Jacques C. Finlay: Biogeochemical processes in high latitude lakes and rivers9. Michael P. Lizotte: Phytoplankton and primary production10. Antonio Quesada, Eduardo Fernandez-Valiente, Ian Hawes and Clive Howard-Williams: Benthic primary production in polar lakes and rivers11. John E. Hobbie and Johanna Laybourn-Parry: Heterotrophic microbial processes in polar lakes12. David A. Pearce and Pierre E. Galand: Microbial biodiversity and biogeography13. Milla Rautio, Ian A.E. Bayly, John A.E. Gibson and Marjut Nyman: Zooplankton and zoobenthos in high-latitude water bodies14. Michael Power, Jim D. Reist and J. Brian Dempson: Fish in high latitude Arctic lakes15. Kirsten S. Christoffersen, Erik Jeppesen, Daryl L. Moorhead and Lars J. Tranvik: Food web relationships and community structures in high latitude lakes16. Martin J. Riddle and Derek C.G. Muir: Direct human impacts on high latitude lakes and rivers17. Johanna Laybourn-Parry and Warwick F. Vincent: Future directions in polar limnologyGlossaryIndex