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About this book
About this book
The Middle Parana River, one of the largest rivers in the world, is exceptionally rich in fauna and flora and provides researchers a glimpse into an ecosystem yet undisturbed by human civilization.
Covering the key aspects of fluvial limnology and ecology related to the river, this book is arranged in the following four sections:
The Physical and Chemical Environment;
Invertebrate Animal Life;
Vertebrate Animal Life.
This in-depth and up-to-date review encapsulates 40 years of detailed study by researchers at the Instituto Nacional de Limnologia (INALI, CONICET-UNL, Argentina), an internationally renowned institution almost exclusively devoted to the exploration of the Middle Parana, the most important 600-km-long reach of the river.
1 Physical Geography of the Basin Martin Iriondo and Aldo R. Paira 2 Geomorphology Martin Iriondo 3 Oirigin, Evolution and Types of the Floodplain Water Bodies Aldo R. Paira and Edmundo C. Drago 4 The Physical Dynamics of the River Lake Floodplain System Edmundo C. Drago 5 Fluvial Sediments. Main Channel and Floodplain Interrelationships Mario L. Amsler, Edmundo C. Drago, and Aldo R. Paira 6 Geochemistry Pedro J. Depetris and Andrea I. Pasquini 7 Phytoplankton Yolanda Zalocar de Domitrovic, M. Devercelli, and M.O. Garcia de Emiliani 8 Aquatic Macrophytes Rafael A. Sabattini and V.H. Lallana 9 Zooplankton Susana Jose de Paggi and Juan C. Paggi 10 Benthic Invertebrates Ines Ezcurra de Drago, Mercedes Marchese, and Luciana Montalto 11 Littoral Communities. Macrocrustaceans Pablo Collins, Veronica Willinger, and Federico Giri 12 Fishes Liliana Rossi, Elly Cordiviola, and Maria Julieta Parma 13 Amphibians Paola M. Peltzer and R.C. Lajamanovich 14 Reptiles Alejandro R. Giraudo, Vanesa Arzamendia, and Soledad M. Lopez 15 Birds Adolfo H. Beltzer and Martin A. Quiroga Subject Index
382 pages, 128 illus
From the reviews: "The authors have counted 216 different fish species inhabiting the different parts of the river, lakes, and floodplains in the river drainage. ! Each chapter is followed by a literature index; a general subject index ! . The data are relevant for all people dealing with the flora or fauna of this habitat type." (Solingen Haro Hieronimus, Bulletin of fish Biology, Vol. 9 (1/2), 2008) "Here is an approachable text that is a fascinating read for both specialists in the field and general naturalists. This is an important and fascinating glimpse into one of the world's most undisturbed ecosystems. ! All the key aspects of the Middle Parana's fluvial limnology and ecology are fully explored. ! This brilliant book covers all the key aspects of the Parana's fluvial limnology and ecology, arranged in discrete and easily navigable sections." (Pecescriollos, December, 2008)