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|Additional Physical Format:||Print version:
Boulton, Andrew J.
Australian freshwater ecology.
Chichester, West Sussex : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2014
|Material Type:||Document, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Internet Resource, Computer File|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Andrew J Boulton
|ISBN:||9781118568194 1118568192 9781118568217 1118568214|
|Description:||1 online resource|
|Contents:||Cover; Title page; Copyright page; Contents; About this book; About the companion website; PART I: Processes in Aquatic Ecosystems; CHAPTER 1: Australian waters: diverse, variable and valuable; 1.1 The Challenge for Aquatic Ecologists; 1.2 Defining Some Common Terms; 1.3 Australian Inland Waters: Their Diversity and Distribution; 1.4 The Water Regime: 'Where, When and to What Extent Water is Present'; 1.4.1 Water budgets, scale issues and human influences on water regimes; 1.4.2 Components of the water regime; 1.4.3 Water regime variability. 1.5 Linkages in Aquatic Ecosystems: from Molecular Bonds to Global Exchanges1.5.1 Wonderful water and its molecular linkages; 1.5.2 Linkages at the catchment scale; 1.5.3 Linkages at the global scale: the hydrological cycle; 1.5.4 Continental linkages and surface waters in Australia; 1.5.5 Continental linkages and groundwaters in Australia; 1.6 The Structure of This Book; CHAPTER 2: Physical processes in standing waters; 2.1 Depth and Physical Processes; 2.2 Let There Be Light ... ; 2.2.1 Light reaching the water surface; 2.2.2 Light below the water surface. 2.2.3 Seeing through water: Secchi discs and quantum sensors2.3 The Euphotic Zone; 2.4 Light and Life; 2.5 Temperature and Stratification; 2.5.1 Causes of stratification; 2.6 Using Circulation Patterns to Classify Standing Waters; 2.7 Ecological Implications of the Different Types of Stratification and Mixing; 2.8 Deep Versus Shallow Standing Waters: Depth Matters; 2.8.1 How deep standing waters form; 2.8.2 How shallow standing waters form; 2.9 Synthesis; CHAPTER 3: Chemical processes in standing waters; 3.1 'There's a Certain Chemistry ... '; 3.2 Dissolved Gases; 3.2.1 Oxygen. 3.2.2 Carbon dioxide3.2.3 Hydrogen; 3.2.4 Methane; 3.3 Sources of Ions; 3.4 Ionic Composition of Australian Standing Waters; 3.5 Conductivity, Salinity and Total Dissolved Solids; 3.6 Ionic Composition and Trophic State; 3.6.1 Some common anions; 3.6.2 Some common cations; 3.7 Redox Reactions and Redox Potential; 3.8 Redox Reactions and Some Common Metals; 3.9 Nutrients, Nutrient Limitation and Ecological Stoichiometry; 3.9.1 Phosphorus; 3.9.2 Nitrogen; 3.9.3 Carbon; 3.10 Water Regime, Drying and Water Chemistry; 3.10.1 What happens to water chemistry during a wetting-drying cycle? 3.11 SynthesisCHAPTER 4: Biological processes in standing waters; 4.1 Biological Players on a Physical and Chemical Stage; 4.2 Major Ecological Zones and Habitats; 4.3 Blurred Boundaries and Mobile Assemblages; 4.4 Trophic Groups and Sources of Energy; 4.5 Producers; 4.5.1 An ecological classification of producers; 4.5.2 Microscopic aquatic plants; 4.5.3 Macroscopic aquatic plants; 4.5.4 Plants living in water: benefits and constraints; 4.5.5 Alternative states: changes in plant dominance in shallow waterbodies; 4.6 Consumers; 4.6.1 Decomposers: the importance of microbes and fungi.|
|Responsibility:||Andrew J. Boulton [and five others].|
This excellent volume is certain to inspire a new generation of freshwater ecologists, in Australia and beyond, to go out and learn more about these incredibly diverse and vulnerable environments.