Large Lakes

Ecological Structure and Function

  • Max M. Tilzer
  • Colette Serruya

Part of the Brock/Springer Series in Contemporary Bioscience book series (BROCK/SPRINGER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Charles E. Herdendorf
      Pages 3-38
    3. Max M. Tilzer
      Pages 39-43
  3. Physical Features of Large Lakes and Their Significance for Biological Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Eckard Hollan, Paul F. Hamblin, Hubert Lehn
      Pages 107-124
    3. Axel Zenger, Johann Ilmberger, Gerhard Heinz, Michael Schimmele, Peter Schlosser, Dieter Imboden et al.
      Pages 133-155
  4. Particle Transport and Chemical Fluxes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Brian J. Eadie, Henry A. Vanderploeg, John A. Robbins, Gerald L. Bell
      Pages 196-209
    3. A. Mangini, U. Christian, M. Barth, W. Schmitz, H. H. Stabel
      Pages 245-264
    4. G. Lindner, M. Becker, R. Eckmann, P. Frenzel, J. Kleiner, D. Petermann-Seyboldt et al.
      Pages 265-287
    5. J. Schneider, J. Röhrs, P. Jäger
      Pages 316-335
  5. Production, Periodicity, and Distribution of the Plankton

  6. Food-Web Structures and Trophic Interactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 475-475
    2. F. Azam, B. C. Cho, D. C. Smith, M. Simon
      Pages 477-488
    3. Gérard Balvay, Meg Gawler, Jean Pierre Pelletier
      Pages 580-591
    4. S. Richman, D. K. Branstrator, M. Huber-Villegas
      Pages 592-614
    5. Wayne S. Gardner, Michael A. Quigley, Gary L. Fahnenstiel, Donald Scavia, William A. Frez
      Pages 632-644
  7. Ecological Structure and Function in Large Lakes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 661-661
    2. Colette Serruya
      Pages 663-673
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 675-691

About this book


The vast majority of the world's lakes are small in size and short lived in geological terms. Only 253 of the thousands of lakes on this planet have surface areas larger than 500 square kilometers. At first sight, this statistic would seem to indicate that large lakes are relatively unimportant on a global scale; in fact, however, large lakes contain the bulk of the liquid surface freshwater of the earth. Just Lake Baikal and the Laurentian Great Lakes alone contain more than 38% of the world's total liquid freshwater. Thus, the large lakes of the world accentuate an important feature of the earth's freshwater reserves-its extremely irregular distribution. The energy crisis of the 1970s and 1980s made us aware of the fact that we live on a spaceship with finite, that is, exhaustible resources. On the other hand, the energy crisis led to an overemphasis on all the issues concerning energy supply and all the problems connected with producing new energy. The energy crisis also led us to ignore strong evidence suggesting that water of appropriate quality to be used as a resouce will be used up more quickly than energy will. Although in principle water is a "renewable resource," the world's water reserves are diminishing in two fashions, the effects of which are multiplicative: enhanced consumption and accelerated degradation of quality.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Max M. Tilzer
    • 1
  • Colette Serruya
    • 2
  1. 1.Limnological InstituteUniversity of ConstanceConstanceFederal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Oceanographic InstituteTel Shikmona, HaifaIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-84079-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-84077-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1432-0061
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