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Lake Titicaca : A Synthesis of Limnological Knowledge - C. Dejoux

Lake Titicaca

A Synthesis of Limnological Knowledge

By: C. Dejoux (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st November 1992
ISBN: 9780792316633
Number Of Pages: 576

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For a long time scientists, and in particular limnologists, have been interested in Lake Titicaca, a huge mass of tropical, though cold water, described as the largest navigable high-altitude lake in the world. This work assesses and summarizes the existing knowledge related to the main features of the lake: its geological origin, its slow evolution, the physical and chemical characteristics of its waters, its climate, hydrology, flora and fauna. And since it is difficult to dissociate this original biotope from the human component, which takes advantage of its resources, part of the book is dedicated to the socio-economic potential of Lake Titicaca and its littoral agriculture, as well as the human groups which in the past lived along the shoreline and on its islands. In spite of its extension and considerable water mass, Lake Titicaca constitutes a delicate ecosystem, less stable than it appears at first glance. The alteration of this aquatic environment by human actions is still low, with the exception of some shallow bays, poorly connected with the rest of the lake. Nevertheless, it is very important not to surpass the current state of pollution, and even to reduce it. It is also necessary to use carefully the natural biological and hydrological resources of this lake. The collection in this work of a large amount of limnological data should be usefull when planning further complementary studies on specific aspects which have not yet been sufficiently explored. It should also be useful for all organizations dealing with the gestion of the natural resources of the Bolivian-Peruvian Altiplano, providing them with the elements necessary for political decisions in that field.

Editor's note
List of contributors
Abiotic Aspects
Formation and geological evolutionp. 3
References of chapter Ip. 14
Geomorphology and Sedimentation
Morphology and bathymetryp. 16
General aspects of present-day sedimentationp. 23
Temporal sedimentation patterns in the nearshore littoral of Lago Huinaimarcap. 29
References of chapter IIp. 38
A 20,000 years paleohydrological record from Lake Titicacap. 40
Ancient lake environments as deduced from pollen analysisp. 49
References of chapter IIIp. 61
Climatology and Hydrology
Climatology and hydrology of the Lake Titicaca basinp. 63
References of chapter IIIp. 84
Physico-chemical properties of the waterp. 89
Hydrochemical regulation of the lake and water chemistry of its inflow riversp. 98
Dissolved matter and suspended sediment loads in some inflow rivers and in the Rio Desaguaderop. 113
The thermal stratification regime in Lake Titicacap. 120
The energy balancep. 131
Nutrients and nutrient limitation of phytoplanktonp. 147
References of chapter Vp. 157
Biological Communities
The diatomsp. 163
Algae: General floristic studyp. 176
Phytoplankton: Quantitative aspects and populationsp. 182
Patterns of planktonic primary production and algal biomassp. 196
References of chapter VI.1p. 218
The higher plantsp. 223
Charophytesp. 232
Higher plants: Distribution and biomassp. 241
References of chapter VI.2p. 253
The Cladocerap. 254
Zooplankton distribution in the Bolivian part of the lakep. 268
Temporal and spatial variation of zooplankton in Lago Grandep. 276
Note on the feeding behaviour of zooplanktonp. 285
References of chapter VI.3p. 286
Benthic Fauna
The Bryozoa and Coelenteratap. 289
The Porifera: Description of a new taxon Balliviaspongia wirrmanni n.g. n.spp. 295
The benthic oligochaetesp. 302
The Tricladida and Hirudineap. 307
The Molluscap. 311
The Ostracodap. 337
The Amphipodap. 346
The Hydracarinap. 357
The insectsp. 365
The benthic populations: Distribution and seasonal variationsp. 383
References of chapter VI.4p. 401
Fish Fauna
Native species. The Orestiasp. 405
Introduced species: 1. Salmo gairdneri (rainbow trout)p. 420
Introduced species: 2. Basilichthys bonariensis (the "Pejerrey")p. 427
References of chapter VI.5p. 445
Associated Animal Communities
The Amphibiap. 449
The Ophidiansp. 458
The avifaunap. 460
References of chapter VI.6p. 468
Exploitation of the Lake Resources Socio-Economic Aspects and Contamination
Ethnology and Socio-Economy
Past and present human populationsp. 473
Former lake fisheries and fish fauna of the lakep. 495
Social and economic aspects of the fisheriesp. 500
The socio-economic importance of macrophytesp. 505
Influence of the lake on littoral agriculturep. 511
References of chapter VII.1p. 519
Hydrological Potential
The water resourcesp. 523
References of chapter VII.2p. 537
Ichtyological Potential
The fishery potentialp. 539
References of chapter VII.3p. 550
Eutrophication and pollution problemsp. 551
References of chapter VII.4p. 560
Geographical and Subject Indexp. 563
Taxonomic Indexp. 567
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ISBN: 9780792316633
ISBN-10: 0792316630
Series: Monographiae Biologicae
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 1st November 1992
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.0