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Paleolimnology: The History and Evolution of Lake Systems

Andrew S. Cohen


For several months each year I work in central Africa collecting sediment cores and fossils from a large rift lake, Lake Tanganyika. Periodically my nonscientist friends ask me why I do this. They usually mean both ‘‘why would someone collect mud from the bottom of a lake’’? and perhaps as an even greater challenge to my sanity, ‘‘why would one travel halfway around the world to do this’’? The answer to these questions (and the theme of this book) is deceptively simple. Paleolimnologists study lake deposits because they provide science with archives of earth and ecosystem history that are both ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195133530
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195133530.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew S. Cohen, author