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The fifth edition of this established textbook, now with full colour illustration, has been extensively revised and continues to provide a comprehensive, stimulating, readable and authoritative coverage of freshwater habitats, their communities and their functioning, the world over. The work will be of great value to undergraduate and graduate students, fellow researchers and water managers, and the plain language and lack of jargon should make it accessible to anyone interested in the functioning and current state of lakes and rivers.
Having taught and researched over fifty years and six continents, Professor Brian Moss makes here extensive use of his personal experience as well as the huge literature now available on freshwaters. This is the fifth edition of his textbook, which, since the first edition in 1980, has steadily evolved to reflect a rapidly changing science and environment. It places increasing emphasis on the role of people in damaging and managing freshwaters as we move into the Anthropocene epoch and face unprecedented levels of climate and other changes, whilst rejoicing in the fascination of what are left of near pristine freshwater ecosystems.
Preface: why? xiii
1 The world as it was and the world as it is 1
2 Early evolution and diversity of freshwater organisms 18
3 Diversity continued: multicellular organisms in freshwaters 38
4 Water: a remarkable unremarkable substance 58
5 Water as a habitat: some background water chemistry 74
6 Key nutrients, trace elements and organic matter 84
7 Light thrown upon the waters 108
8 Headwater streams and rivers 118
9 Uses, misuses and restoration of headwater streams and rivers 154
10 Rich systems: floodplain rivers 185
11 Floodplains and human affairs 216
12 Lakes and other standing waters 242
13 The communities of shallow standing waters: mires,shallow lakes and the littoral zone 280
14 Plankton communities of the pelagic zone 304
15 The profundal zone and carbon storage 352
16 Fisheries in standing waters 371
17 The uses, abuses and restoration of standing waters 406
18 Climate change and the future of freshwaters 440
Professor Brian Moss retired from the University of Liverpool following a career in Africa, the USA and the UK. He was awarded medals by the International Society for Limnology, of which he was President from 2007 to 2013, and The Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. He was given The Ecology Institute's Excellence in Ecology Prize in 2009 and the book written for that prize, Liberation Ecology, was awarded the British Ecological Society's best ecology book prize in 2013.
Review from previous edition:
"[This book] is excellent for broadening the understanding of readers with some prior knowledge."
– Choice, January 2011