Perspectives in Southern Hemisphere Limnology

Proceedings of a Symposium, held in Wilderness, South Africa, July 3–13, 1984

  • Editors
  • B. R. Davies
  • R. D. Walmsley
Conference proceedings

Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 28)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Introduction: Perspectives in Southern Hemisphere limnology

    1. B. R. Davies, R. D. Walmsley
      Pages 1-5
  3. Thermal Characteristics

  4. Aridity and Hydrological Characteristics

  5. Seasonality-Aseasonality

  6. Suspensoids and Turbidity

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 247-263

About these proceedings


This book contains the Proceedings of the Symposium on Perspectives in Southern Hemisphere Limnology which was held from 3-13 July 1984 in Wilderness, South Africa. It can be asked why this Symposium was necessary at a time when conferences, symposia and other gatherings of learned people abound. Limnologists in the Southern Hemisphere have for some time been pointing out that limnological theory and inland water management practices have been developed almost exclusively in Northern Hemisphere temperate latitudes. Most of the land masses of the Southern Hemisphere fall within lower latitudes, 0 from 20-40 S, where the climate tends to be dry, with low cloud cover and with high levels of incident radiation and high water temperatures. Wide extremes are experienced in both rainfall and runoff, which occur mainly in summer. Sedimentary geological structures give rise to dispersive soils and highly turbid waters. Physiological, behavioural or developmental adaptations in the floral and faunal components are necessary to cope with desiccation and low visibility.


ecosystem limnology macrophytes phytoplankton plankton

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8937-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-5522-6
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