Pollution of Lakes and Rivers

John Smol

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Synopsis: As part of the Arnold KEY ISSUES IN ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE series, this major new text provides an authoritative overview of the use of sedimentary records to study the environmental degradation and recovery of lakes and rivers. Written by an internationally acknowledged expert on the subject, the book includes the results of the most recent research and up-to-date data, much of which is found in a wide range of technical sources and normally inaccessible to students. A distinctive feature of the book is its temporal focus, allowing for discussion of the lessons to be learned from the past in understanding and solving current and future problems of lake and river pollution.
In keeping with the aims of the series to provide clear and up to date topics of current environmental concern, John Smol has written to inform rather than impress, using plain language, full explanations, pertinent examples and case studies. A glossary of technical terms precedes a full reference list, which includes annotations relating to useful further reading where appropriate.

From the Back Cover: Water is an essential life resource, yet the pollution of lakes and rivers has become an international problem, reaching crisis proportions in many regions. As demands on aquatic resources escalate, we must find new approaches to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Now in its second edition, Pollution of Lakes and Rivers addresses many of our present-day water quality problems from an international perspective, covering critical issues such as acidification, eutrophication, land-use changes, pollution by metals and other contaminants, climatic change, and biodiversity losses. It demonstrates how paleolimnological approaches can be used to interpret the physical, chemical, and biological information stored in lake and river sediments, and how this information is integral to identifying key environmental stressors and setting targets for mitigation purposes.

The expanded second edition includes over 250 additional references and a new chapter on recent climatic change and its effects on water quality and quantity. This comprehensive, up-to-date volume provides essential insights into a multi-disciplinary science aimed at tackling some of the most urgent environmental problems of modern times.

PowerPoint slides of the artwork from the book are available from: http://biology.queensu.ca/~pearl/textbook.htm

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“This is a useful text. It provides a good level of detail so that the beginner in this area can appreciate what palaeolimnology can (and cannot) achieve. It goes beyond the simple introduction to provide a detailed understanding of how techniques can be applied ... This is a different take on the usual pollution text and would be of great use to those wishing to understand more from sedimentary records.”

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Title: Pollution of Lakes and Rivers
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Publication Date: 2002
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