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Stream ecology : structure and function of running waters

Author: J David Allan
Publisher: London ; New York : Chapman & Hall, 1995
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Running waters are enormously diverse, ranging from torrential mountain brooks, to large lowland rivers, to great river systems whose basins occupy subcontinents. While this diversity makes river ecosystems seem overwhelmingly complex, a central theme of this volume is that the processes acting in running waters are general, although the settings are often unique. The past two decades have seen major advances in our
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Allan, J. David.
Stream ecology.
London ; New York : Chapman & Hall, 1995 (1996 printing)
(OCoLC)756466098
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J David Allan
ISBN: 0412294303 9780412294303 0412355302 9780412355301
OCLC Number: 31855675
Description: xii, 388 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Channels and flow --
2. Streamwater ecology --
3. Physical factors of importance to the biota --
4. Autotrophs --
5. Heterotrophic energy sources --
6. Trophic relationships --
7. Predation and its consequences --
8. Herbivory --
9. Competitive interactions --
10. Drift --
11. Lotic communities --
12. Organic matter in lotic ecosystems --
13. Nutrient dynamics --
14. Modification of running waters by humankind.
Responsibility: J. David Allan.
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    schema:reviewBody "Allan and Castillo offer this superb compilation of both the latest and time-honored concepts of the ecology of fluvial systems at scales ranging from small mountain brooks to large, continental-sized river basins. Richly illustrated and with more than 1,500 reference citations, the book is divided into 14 chapters that examine in detail stream flow, geomorphology, chemistry, biology (primary producers, detrital energy sources, trophic relationships, species interactions, nutrient dynamics, lotic communities, stream ecosystem metabolism), and human impacts that affect the "structure and function of running waters." Chapter 1 provides the broad patterns of fluvial systems, which serve as a framework for developing the intricate details of the following chapters. The last chapter, "The Foundations of Stream Ecology," describes models that view the spatial framework of river systems within a landscape perspective, examining the ecological perspectives of transport mechanisms, community assemblies, food webs, and environmental factors. Best of all, the book is written in a lively, engaging manner and with remarkable clarity, given the technical nature of the material. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. P.R. Pinet Colgate University--Choice Review." ;
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