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Ecology of Aquatic Systems

By: Mike Dobson and Chris Frid

321 pages, Figs, tabs

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Nov 2008 | Edition: 2 | #176971 | ISBN-13: 9780199297542
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About this book

Aquatic systems exhibit incredible diversity - from mountain streams to deep oceans, from lakes and ponds to the estuaries that link river and sea. Despite their distinct characters, however, these systems share common properties and, at the level of ecology, are not all that different after all. But how can this be?

Ecology of Aquatic Systems brings together coverage of freshwater and marine systems to illustrate the principles and properties that unify aquatic systems. Using examples drawn from a wide geographical range, the book presents a broad survey of the field that acts as the ideal foundation for further study.

Opening with a review of the different types of aquatic system and their interconnected nature, and the diversity of life within aquatic systems, the book goes on to explore the key types of aquatic habitat, emphasising the ecological themes that pervade each system.

Written with students in the centre of the frame, Ecology of Aquatic Systems retains the succinct, lucid style for which the first edition was praised, and includes cross-references throughout, a substantial glossary, and extensive index, to help readers engage with, and fully understand, the material presented.

With the global importance of aquatic systems becoming more apparent - and the need for effective management of these systems becoming increasingly clear - there has never been a more important time for students to fully grasp the fundamentals of aquatic systems. Ecology of Aquatic Systems is the ideal course companion to achieve this goal.

New to this edition
* Expanded coverage of fundamentals sees two separate chapters covering the global water system, and life in aquatic systems
* Enhanced coverage of coral reefs, salt lakes, mangroves, and salt marshes
* New two-colour text design, with revised two-colour figures
* New testbank of multiple-choice questions, adding to the value of the text as a teaching and learning tool.


1. The global water system
2. Living in aquatic systems
3. Rivers
4. Estuaries
5. Coastal seas
6. The open ocean
7. Lakes and ponds
8. Wetlands
9. The aquatic system

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Mike Dobson, Freshwater Biological Association, Cumbria, UK and Chris Frid, Marine Biology at the University of Liverpool, UK

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