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Lough Neagh : The Ecology of a Multipurpose Water Resource - R.B. Wood

Lough Neagh

The Ecology of a Multipurpose Water Resource

By: R.B. Wood (Editor), R. V. Smith (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th September 1993
ISBN: 9780792321125
Number Of Pages: 532

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Lough Neagh is the largest lake in the British Isles. It covers an area of 383 km2 being 30 km along its longest axis. From pre-historic times the lake and its rivers influenced the settlements of man in the role of a fishery and communication link with the interior of Ireland. Ireland's first canal, completed in 1787, linked the small but significant coal deposits of Tyrone to Dublin by way of the lough and later the Lagen Canal became an important commercial route to the new city of Belfast.
Today, only sand barge transport persists but the lough supports Europe's largest eel fishery and provides commercial salmon, trout and perch catches, besides acting as an important centre for recreational pursuits. Increasingly it has become the major water resource for Northern Ireland supplying much of the demand for the heavily populated Belfast area.
Biologically the lough is rich, sustaining enormous invertebrate populations of, for example, chironomids and gammarids alongside the comparatively exotic glacial relict, Mysis relicta. Its bird life makes the lough an area of very special conservation interest as a Ramsar site.
The book describes the basic ecology of the lough with particular emphasis on both the interaction of the physical, chemical and biological components and the role of ecology in resource management. Extensive recent researches are set in geological, geographical and historical context and together with palaeolimnological studies of the sediments are used to trace major changes in the ecology of the lough under man's influence, especially in the past 100 years.

List of Contributors
Introduction: Lough Neagh as a multipurpose resourcep. 1
Geology, hydrology and land-use of Lough Neagh and its catchmentp. 11
The Morphology, hydrodynamics and sedimentation in Lough Neaghp. 35
The optical properties of Lough Neaghp. 59
The major ion chemistry of Lough Neaghp. 75
Human settlement and economy of the Lough Neagh basinp. 91
The recent sediments of Lough Neagh, Part A: Structure, stratigraphy and geochronologyp. 113
The recent sediments of Lough Neagh, Part B: Diatom and chironomid analysisp. 133
Phosphorus and nitrogen loadings to Lough Neagh and their managementp. 149
Nutrient cycles in Lough Neaghp. 171
The phytoplankton populations of Lough Neaghp. 203
Planktonic primary production in Lough Neaghp. 225
Benthic algae in Lough Neaghp. 239
Physiological ecology of Lough Neagh phytoplanktonp. 245
The seasonal succession of the zooplankton of Lough Neaghp. 281
Some observations on the populations of Mysis relicta in Lough Neaghp. 327
The macroinvertebrate fauna of Lough Neaghp. 339
Heterotrophic micro-organisms in the water column and sediments of Lough Neaghp. 369
The fish of Lough Neagh, Part A: A historical and taxonomic perspective of the fish fauna of Lough Neaghp. 381
The fish of Lough Neagh, Part B: Investigations on salmon (Salmo salor L.) and eels (Anguilla anguilla L.) in the River Lower Bannp. 397
The fish of Lough Neagh, Part C: Investigations on brown trout (Salmo trutta L.)p. 419
The fish of Lough Neagh, Part D: Investigations on pollan (Coregonus autumnalis pollan Thompson)p. 439
The fish of Lough Neagh, Part E: Ecological studies of the fish communityp. 451
The vegetation of Lough Neagh wetlandsp. 473
The birds of Lough Neagh and Lough Begp. 491
Lough Neagh into the twenty-first centuryp. 507
Taxonomic/biological indexp. 513
General indexp. 525
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ISBN: 9780792321125
ISBN-10: 079232112X
Series: Monographiae Biologicae
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 532
Published: 30th September 1993
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 29.7 x 21.0  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 2.1