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About this book
About this book
Beginning with a case study of a once pollution-threatened lake, the author developed a broad perspective on environmental problems and shows how basic long-term scientific research is crucial for avoiding environmental disaster.
`A wise, comprehensive, sensible, balanced, and extremely well-written account about a number of environmental problems' - Australian Biologist.
List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgments PART ONE: WHAT HAPPENED TO LAKE WASHINGTON The Eutrophication and Recovery of Lake Washington Lake Washington in Context: How Aquatic Communities Work PART TWO: LESSONS FROM LAKE WASHINGTON The Detergent Problem Puget Sound Mono Lake The Panama Canal Atmospheric Problems PART THREE: LONG-TERM ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH Hubbard Brook Lake Tahoe Long Lake Saline Lakes in the Lower Grand Coulee Experiments with Whole Lakes Special Requirements of Long-Term Research PART FOUR: RETROSPECT AND PROSPECT What is Pollution? Experts Commentary Prospect References Index
329 pages, B/w photos, figs
W. T. Edmondson has spent his career answering questions about the ecological impacts of human experiments on lakes in Washington State. In this volume, he recounts these studies and captures from his experiences a larger view of the nature of our environmental problems... While the commentary is wide ranging, the foundation is a personal account of one ecologist's lifetime experience on the dual points of research and public application of that research.-Research and Exploration "W. T. Edmondson, a zoologist, extracts enduring lessons from his more than 50 years of experience in persuading political powers to make use of scientific knowledge when they set about drawing up laws for managing human interventions in the environment. Any scientist who follows in Edmondson's footsteps should benefit from reading this sensitive recounting of political battles."-Garrett Hardin, Pacific Northwest Quarterly "A wise, comprehensive, sensible, balanced, and extremely well-written account about a number of environmental problems." -Australian Biologist "The insights in this book into environmental processes, problems, and prospects provide sound advice to scientists, concerned citizens, and public officials alike." -Biology Digest