540 pages, diagrams
Although freshwater lakes comprise only a tiny percentage of the water in the hydrologic cycle, and are comparatively small in relation to the terrestrial ecosystems that surround them, they are key ecological components whose importance far outweighs their size. Furthermore, it is well established that the tropics contain most of the world's species, all of which depend in some way upon the hydrologic cycle of which lakes are an important part. Since tropical lakes are markedly affected by ecological events on the terrestrial systems that surround them, restoring and managing these lakes will require a substantial knowledge of the activities on adjacent terrestrial systems and a holistic management of both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in order to achieve the stated goals and objectives.
This book is an essential knowledge base for both ecological restoration and management. Although tropical lakes are not identical, and therefore require individually developed and restoration and management practices; there are general principles in both restoration and management that can be derived from the case histories in this book and the limnological literature in general.
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