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This volume contains original research papers presented during the Second International Symposium on the Limnology, Climatology, Palaeoclimatology, and Biodiversity of the African Great Lakes, organized by the International Decade for the East African Lakes (IDEAL). The book provides a comprehensive coverage of the large lakes of the African Rift System, touching on climate, limnology, palaeoclimatology, sedimentation processes, biodiversity, and management issues of these lakes. This volume provides a comprehensive and comparative view of large African lake systems such as Lakes Victoria, Tanganyika, and Malawi. It serves as a basis for understanding the lakes' system history and sensitivity to processes of change, thus providing an essential tool for decisions related to the sustainable management of such precious resources. This book has been written to be of interest to a wide audience, including limnologists, palaeoclimatologists, evolutionary biology students and researchers, as well as people generally interested in the aquatic environment.
From the contents:Introduction * Acknowledgements * Geological and Structural Setting of the East African Lakes * Climate Dynamics and Climate Variability in the East African Lakes Region * Hydrology and Physical Limnology * Biodiversity, Food Webs and Fisheries * Sedimentary Processes, Paleoclimate and Paleoenvironment * Human Dimensions: Impacts and Management.