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The Estuarine Ecosystem : Ecology, Threats and Management - Donald S. McLusky

The Estuarine Ecosystem

Ecology, Threats and Management

Paperback Published: 1st May 2004
ISBN: 9780198525080
Number Of Pages: 224

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For the inhabitants of many of the world's major towns and cities, estuaries provide their first and nearest glimpse of a natural habitat. Despite the attempts of man to pollute or reclaim it, the estuarine ecosystem continues to provide a fascinating insight into a natural world where energy is transformed from sunlight into plant material, and then through the steps of a food chain is converted into a rich food supply for birds and fish.
When the previous editions of this book appeared, biologists were beginning to realize that the estuarine ecosystem was an ideal habitat in which to observe the processes controlling biological productivity. In the intervening period, many more estuaries and their inhabitants have been studied intensively. It is now possible to answer many of the questions posed by the earlier editions, and to pursue further the explanation of high productivity in estuaries and of energy utilization at different trophic levels within estuarine food webs. A significant amount of new information has also been accumulated on the human use and abuse of these habitats, particularly the effects of pollution. Although the world's seas are vast and may appear capable of receiving unlimited quantities of human effluent, such waste is often first discharged into the confined waters of estuaries. In practice, marine pollution is often essentially estuarine pollution. To reflect the huge impact of humans on estuaries, and to consider how we may either modify, remove or enrich the estuarine ecosystem, three completely new chapters have been prepared in this edition. These consider anthropogenic change (including pollution) in estuaries, the diverse uses and abuses of the estuarine habitat by man, and the methods used to study human induced changes in estuaries. Finally, this text examines the ways in which estuarine management can monitor, control or prevent the pollution and destruction of this fragile ecosystem.

Fortunately, the content remains, not unchanged, but the essentials preserved and supplemented ... all the things the students liked in the previous editions - the simple Figures and Tables, the clear and concise expositions - are still there, but augmented with the new syntheses. Bulletin of the Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association ... a concise and relatively comprehensive introduction to estuarine ecology for the non-specialist. Aquaculture International

1: The Estuarine Environment 2: Life in Estuaries 3: Primary Producers: plant production and its availability 4: Primary Consumers: herbivores and detritivores 5: The Secondary Consumers: carnivores 6: Estuarine Uses and Users 7: Methods for Studying Human-Induced Changes in Estuaries 8: The Management of Estuaries

ISBN: 9780198525080
ISBN-10: 0198525087
Series: Oxford Biology (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st May 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 18.42  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised