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The Biology of Lakes and Ponds$
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Christer Brönmark and Lars-Anders Hansson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198713593

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198713593.001.0001

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Biodiversity and Environmental Threats

Biodiversity and Environmental Threats

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The Biology of Lakes and Ponds

Christer Brönmark

Lars-Anders Hansson

Oxford University Press

The last chapter of Lakes and Ponds deals with how human activities affect the natural ecosystems and their function through eutrophication, contamination, acidification, brownification and increases in UV radiation, and how such anthropogenic disturbances may affect biodiversity and the ability of organisms to utilize a specific habitat. In addition, the chapter addresses novel environmental threats, such as global climate change and effects from our everyday chemicals, such as contraceptives, nanoparticles and antidepressant drugs. However, also possibilities and signs of improvement are discussed, providing hope for coming generations.

Keywords:   Biodiversity, environment, ecosystem function, species richness, restoration, paleolimnology, eutrophication, acidification, brownification, biomanipulation, endocrine disruptor, contamination, global climate change, ultraviolet radiation, invasive species, GMO, global warming

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