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Polar Lakes and Rivers: Limnology of Arctic and Antarctic Aquatic Ecosystems

Warwick F. Vincent and Johanna Laybourn-Parry


Lakes, ponds, rivers and streams are prominent features of the Arctic landscape and are also common in many parts of Antarctica. These waters encompass a remarkable variety of conditions for aquatic life, and are proving to be attractive model systems for exploring general ecological themes. Some of these ecosystems have direct global implications, and are also sentinels of global climate change. This book brings together many of the world's leading researchers in polar limnology to describe these diverse aquatic environments and their ecology. It introduces each major ecosystem type including ... More

Keywords: Arctic, Antarctic, rivers, lakes, climate change, ecosystems, polar, biodiversity, food webs, pollution

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199213887
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213887.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Warwick F. Vincent, editor
Laval University, Quebec, Canada

Johanna Laybourn-Parry, editor
University of Tasmania, Australia

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CHAPTER 1 Introduction to the limnology of high-latitude lake and river ecosystems

Warwick F. Vincent, John E. Hobbie, and Johanna Laybourn-Parry

CHAPTER 2 Origin and geomorphology of lakes in the polar regions

Reinhard Pienitz, Peter T. Doran, and Scott F. Lamoureux

CHAPTER 3 High-latitude paleolimnology

Dominic A. Hodgson, and John P. Smol

CHAPTER 4 The physical limnology of high-latitude lakes

Warwick F. Vincent, Sally MacIntyre, Robert H. Spigel, and Isabelle Laurion

CHAPTER 5 High-latitude rivers and streams

Diane M. McKnight, Michael N. Gooseff, Warwick F. Vincent, and Bruce J. Peterson

CHAPTER 6 Ice-based freshwater ecosystems

Ian Hawes, Clive Howard-Williams, and Andrew G. Fountain

CHAPTER 7 Antarctic subglacial water: origin, evolution, and ecology

John C. Priscu, Slawek Tulaczyk, Michael Studinger, Mahlon C. Kennicutt II, Brent C. Christner, and Christine M. Foreman

CHAPTER 10 Benthic primary production in polar lakes and rivers

Antonio Quesada, Eduardo Fernández-Valiente, Ian Hawes, and Clive Howard-Williams

CHAPTER 11 Heterotrophic microbial processes in polar lakes

John E. Hobbie, and Johanna Laybourn-Parry

CHAPTER 12 Microbial biodiversity and biogeography

David A. Pearce, and Pierre E. Galand

CHAPTER 13 Zooplankton and zoobenthos in high-latitude water bodies

Milla Rautio, Ian A.E. Bayly, John A.E. Gibson, and Marjut Nyman

CHAPTER 14 Fish in high-latitude Arctic lakes

Michael Power, James D. Reist, and J. Brian Dempson

CHAPTER 15 Food-web relationships and community structures in high-latitude lakes

Kirsten S. Christoffersen, Erik Jeppesen, Daryl L. Moorhead, and Lars J. Tranvik

CHAPTER 17 Future directions in polar limnology

Johanna Laybourn-Parry, and Warwick F. Vincent