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Inland Waters of Southern Africa: An Ecological Perspective

  • B. R. Allanson
  • R. C. Hart
  • J. H. O’Keeffe
  • R. D. Robarts
Book

Part of the Monographiae Biologicae book series (MOBI, volume 64)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. The subcontinent

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. B. R. Allanson, R. C. Hart, J. H. O’Keeffe, R. D. Robarts
      Pages 3-8
    3. B. R. Allanson, R. C. Hart, J. H. O’Keeffe, R. D. Robarts
      Pages 9-19
    4. B. R. Allanson, R. C. Hart, J. H. O’Keeffe, R. D. Robarts
      Pages 21-26
    5. B. R. Allanson, R. C. Hart, J. H. O’Keeffe, R. D. Robarts
      Pages 27-62
  3. The rivers and their catchments, floodplains and wetlands

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. B. R. Allanson, R. C. Hart, J. H. O’Keeffe, R. D. Robarts
      Pages 65-81
    3. B. R. Allanson, R. C. Hart, J. H. O’Keeffe, R. D. Robarts
      Pages 83-96
    4. B. R. Allanson, R. C. Hart, J. H. O’Keeffe, R. D. Robarts
      Pages 97-129
    5. B. R. Allanson, R. C. Hart, J. H. O’Keeffe, R. D. Robarts
      Pages 131-149
    6. B. R. Allanson, R. C. Hart, J. H. O’Keeffe, R. D. Robarts
      Pages 151-164
  4. Natural and man-made lakes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. B. R. Allanson, R. C. Hart, J. H. O’Keeffe, R. D. Robarts
      Pages 167-219
    3. B. R. Allanson, R. C. Hart, J. H. O’Keeffe, R. D. Robarts
      Pages 221-284
    4. B. R. Allanson, R. C. Hart, J. H. O’Keeffe, R. D. Robarts
      Pages 285-308
    5. B. R. Allanson, R. C. Hart, J. H. O’Keeffe, R. D. Robarts
      Pages 309-374
    6. B. R. Allanson, R. C. Hart, J. H. O’Keeffe, R. D. Robarts
      Pages 375-386
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 387-458

About this book

Introduction

Limnology - the study of inland waters - had its genesis in Europe about the turn of the century. The studies of Fore1 on Lake Geneva were of seminal value at this time. It prospered under the early guidance of Thienemann, Naumann and Wesenberg-Lund in Europe and, soon transplanted, of Birge and Juday in North America (to name just a few early spirits). Now, liminology is a respectable scientific discipline taught at many universities, and limnologists are recognized as important contributors to our understanding of how this fragile spaceship functions. All this acknowledged, it must also be acknowledged that limnology is not yet a globally comprehensive science. To be sure, much is known about globally applicable processes, and the structural elements of aquatic ecosystems worldwide, but limnological emphases, interests and concerns remain essentially European and North American in balance. Much is known about lakes and rivers in less than one fifth of the world's land area (northern temperature regions); rather little is known about inland waters elsewhere.

Keywords

Fauna Namib benthic classification ecosystem fisheries limnology macrophytes morphology plankton temporal dynamics wetland

Authors and affiliations

  • B. R. Allanson
    • 1
  • R. C. Hart
    • 2
  • J. H. O’Keeffe
    • 1
  • R. D. Robarts
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Freshwater StudiesRhodes UniversityGrahamstownSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of Zoology and EntomologyUniversity of NatalPietermaritzburgSouth Africa
  3. 3.Division of Water TechnologyCouncil for Scientific and Industrial ResearchPretoriaSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-2382-9
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7572-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-2382-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0077-0639
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