Books  Marine & Freshwater  Freshwater Habitat 

Soda Lakes of East Africa

  • The compendium provides reviews and recent findings of the unique East African soda lakes
  • Authoritatives from various scientific disciplines provide new insights into soda lake research
  • Around 140 figures including many colour photo-plates invite the readers to dip into the fascinating lakes
  • The book covers various aspects of soda lakes from development over organisms to uses and threats
  • Provides an ideal introduction of these ecosystems

By: Michael Schagerl(Editor)

408 pages, 81 colour photos and illustrations, 31 b/w illustrations, tables


Hardback | Jan 2017 | #227602 | ISBN-13: 9783319286204
Availability: Usually dispatched within 1 week Details
NHBS Price: £139.99 $178/€156 approx

About this book

This book is devoted to the alkaline-saline lakes of East Africa, which include the world-famous "flamingo lakes". It covers the full range of issues, from the lakes' origin and history, life in and around these unique water bodies, to utilization, threats and management considerations. The authors, all of whom are leading international experts, summarize research done so far, highlight new and important findings, and provide future outlooks.

Soda Lakes of East Africa is divided into three main sections: "Genesis, physics and chemistry" tackles lake development and the astounding physico-chemistry of the lakes. "Organisms and ecology" presents information about the many lake inhabitants, their interactions and adaptations to the extreme living conditions. "Utilization, management and perspectives" addresses threats such as lake exploitation and pollution, but also considers potential uses.

Soda Lakes of East Africa will be particularly relevant to researchers and lecturers in the field of limnology and aquatic ecology, but is also designed to attract all those interested in nature and life on our planet.



1 Introduction
2 Genesis of the East African Rift System: an overview of the tectonic, geological, hydrological, and paleoenvironmental features
3 Morphometry and physical processes of East African Soda lakes
4 Biogeochemistry of African soda lakes

5 Bacteria, Archaea and Viruses of soda lakes
6 Tiny and tough: microphytes of East African soda lakes
7 The Protozoa of soda lakes in East Africa
8 Invertebrates of East African soda lakes
9 Fish populations in East African saline lakes: status, uses, conservation, management and current research with a particular focus on the Lake Magadi tilapia
10 Phoenix rising from the ashes: the Lesser Flamingo as a central element of the East African avifauna
11 Vascular plants in Eastern Africa Rift valley saline wetlands
12 Ecology

13 An underexplored resource for biotechnology: Cyanobacteria and green algae of East African soda lakes
14 Conservation and Management of East Africa's soda lakes
15 Soda lakes of the East African Rift System: the past, the present and the future

16 Supplemental material
17 Species, lake and subject Indizes

Write a review

There are currently no reviews for this book. Be the first to review this book!

Bestsellers in this subject


NHBS Price: £29.99 £34.99 (Save £5.00) $38/€33 approx

Freshwater Acidification

NHBS Price: £31.99 $41/€36 approx

Guide to Chalk Rivers of England

NHBS Price: £2.99 $4/€3 approx

Methods in Stream Ecology

NHBS Price: £42.99 $55/€48 approx

Freshwater Ecosystems in Protected Areas

NHBS Price: £39.99 $51/€45 approx

VAT: GB 407 4846 44
NHBS Ltd is registered in England and Wales: 1875194