Lake Tanganyika, situated in the western rift system of East Africa, is the largest in volume of the African Great Lakes and the second deepest lake in the world. It is extremely ancient in comparison with most lakes. The aquatic flora and fauna are remarkable for their diversity and high degree of endemicity, as well as for the numbers of species and genera present. The primary objective of this book is to collate the scientific knowledge that exists about Lake Tanganyika, but the treatment has also been analytical and interpretive where information is sufficient. With its comprehensive bibliography, the book should provide a foundation of information that will be useful in further studies.
`... a comprehensive bibliography.'
`This book will prove invaluable for planning future research on the wise use of resources while conserving biodiversity. It also gives the most complete picture of any tropical lake for comparison with temperate lakes, and will undoubtedly remain a standard text for many long years. As such it deserves a very wide audience.' Trends in Ecology and Evolution
'the first monograph to do justice to the combined environmental and biotic interest of Lake Tanganyika ... the book is well produced in a large format, profusely illustrated and eminently readable. The collaboration of five authors with varied expertise has made possible the scholarly treatment of a wide subject range ... an invaluable aid to informed opinion - as well as a landmark in the development of limnology in Africa.'
J.F. Talling, Aquatic Conservation: Marine & Freshwater Ecosystems
'This book is definitely for the specialist, who will find it well-researched , well-produced and very valuable.'
Geographical Journal, Vol. 158 (1) 1992
'In this welcome book George Coulter and his co-authors bring together the findings of the considerable international research work, carried out on Lake Tanganyika, since the premier studies about ninety years ago. The book will serve as a stimulus for further work to unravel the many unknowns of this intriguing lake and is furnished with an extensive bibliography.' Biological Conservation
'based on nearly 1200 publications ... plus more than 400 publications otherwise relevant ... Not only is all this literature summarized lucidly and compactly, it also is critically interpreted by indicating controversies, by extracting the most from scanty data and by indicating the major lacunae in our knowledge of Lake Tanganyika. The book is a gold-mine for research projects, and one must hope that due to this guideline many will be implemented before
it is too late. The figures of animals and scenery are original and pleasingly large and clear. It attempts an objective, comprehensive and critical summary of our knowledge of Lake Tanganyika. Lake
Tanganyika and its Life is a solid book, written to the best academic standards.'
C.D.N. Barel, T. Goldschmidt and F. Witte, Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, Volume 2, Number 2, June 1992
George Coulter: Introduction; J.J. Tiercelin, A. Mondeguer: The geology of the Tanganyika Trough; G. Coulter, & R. Spigel: Hydrodynamics; R. Hecky, R. Spigel, & G. Coulter: The nutrient regime; R. Hecky: The Pelagic ecosystem; G. Coulter: Pelagic fish ; G. Coulter: The fisheries; G. Coulter: Benthic fish communities ; G. Coulter: Composition of the flora and fauna; G. Coulter: Xoogeography, affinities and evolution with special regard to the
fish; References: Comprehensive bibliography of Lake Tanganyika; Bibliography; General references; Index.
Series: Natural History Museum Publications
Number Of Pages: 362
Published: 25th April 1991
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 28.3 x 22.3
Weight (kg): 1.37