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Diatoms and Lake Acidity

Reconstructing pH from siliceous algal remains in lake sediments

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Part of the book series: Developments in Hydrobiology (DIHY, volume 29)

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About this book

During the last few years, lake acidification has become a topic of international interest because of the detrimental effects of this problem on lake ecosystems. The stratigraphic record of diatoms and other paleoindicators in lake sediments has been used increasingly to document past limnological conditions. Because many diatom taxa are sensitive indicators of lakewater pH, this approach is especially useful in assessing impacts of atmospheric pollutants and watershed land use on lake pH. The idea that a book be prepared on this subject originated at a workshop entitled 'Reconstructing pH from sedimentary diatom remains - recent insights and update on methods' organized by R.B. Davis and held at the XXII Congress of the International Association of Limnology at Lyon, France in August 1983. At this workshop, presentations were made by many of the authors in this volume. The rapid progress in this field was evident when a second workshop, this time organized by R.W. Battarbee and R.J. Flower, was held one year later at the VII International Symposium on Diatoms at Paris, France. Many individuals helped with the preparation of this volume, most notable were our referees, who thoughtfully reviewed the manuscripts and suggested many improvements. I would also like to thank my colleagues at Queen's University who helped in innumerable ways over the last two years. A special word of gratitude is due to Dr. M.M. Boucherle, Dr. S.R. Brown, Ms. T.C. Oliver, and Mr. P.R. Leavitt. J.


`This book should be read by anyone interested in current methods, data, and conclusions in this area of investigation. Diatoms and Lake Acidity is recommended reading for anyone wishing to assess current understanding of lake acidification, and especially recommended for those who wish to improve it.'
Bioscience, 37 (1987)
`Researchers and advanced students of lake acidification, paleolimnology, and phycology will find this book a valuable addition to their libraries.'
The Quarterly Review of Biology, 62 (1987)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Paleoecological Environmental Assessment & Research Lab. (PEARL), Queen's University Dept. Biology, Kingston, Canada

    John P. Smol

About the editors

John P. Smol is a professor in the Biology Department at Queen's University (Canada), with a cross-appointment at the School of Environmental Studies. He co-directs the Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Lab (PEARL). Professor Smol is co-editor of the Journal of Paleolimnology and holds the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Diatoms and Lake Acidity

  • Book Subtitle: Reconstructing pH from siliceous algal remains in lake sediments

  • Editors: John P. Smol, R.W. Battarbee, R.B. Davis, J. Meriläinen

  • Series Title: Developments in Hydrobiology

  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Dr W. Junk Publishers, Dordrecht 1986

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-90-6193-536-0Published: 31 March 1986

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4020-2407-8Published: 30 April 2004

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VIII, 308

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