312 pages, 16 b/w illustrations, 8 maps, 13 tables
Once estuaries extended almost unbroken around the perimeter of the San Francisco Bay. They were the source of great productivity. These estuaries represented the sieve through which freshwater, terrestrial sediments, detritus and all sorts of organic matter became part of the ecosystem of the Bay and the marine ecosystems beyond. Today, most of these estuaries are gone - only remnants clinging to drastically altered coasts exist. This volume reports on the status of what remains. A team of nearly 40 scholars, all engaged in active research, have joined together to create a single synthetic source of information. This will be an essential resource for ecologists, environmental scientists, coastal policy makers, and researchers interested in the structure and function of estuaries.
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Arnas Palaima is a director and co-founder of the Ecological Economics Innovations Center. His previous book is Populations Evolutionary Adaptation to Temperature: a Study of Daphnia (Crustacea: Cladocera).