Limnology in Australia

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Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 6, 2012 - Science - 688 pages
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Australia is the world's driest inhabited continent. Water is our limiting resource. It might therefore be thought that our water resources would be the subject of the most intensive study. Certain aspects, it must be conceded, have received much attention, notably the availability of water in terms of actual quantity. The size of the surface water and the groundwater resource is well understood and indeed receives about as much study as can reasonably be expected in a country with as sparse a population and level of scientific manpower as ours. Although the importance of understanding the water resource in terms of quantity is widely accepted, what has not been generally appreciated is that for this resource to be 'available' to human society for all the different uses to which it is put, it is not sufficient that there exists within easy reach of the end users a certain total volume of water. For that water to fulfil its functions-for agriculture, industry, the home, recreation, biological conservation-it must be in a certain state: it must conform to certain chemical, physical and biological criteria, and what has not been sufficiently appreciated in Australian society is that the condition a water is in depends very much on the ecology of the waterbody in which it resides. There are waterbodies in the world, for example high-altitude glacial lakes, which are naturally so pristine that their water could be used for any purpose without treatment.
 

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Contents

Chemical limnology in Australia B T Hart and I D McKelvie
3
Optical limnologya manifesto J T O Kirk
33
Differential mixedlayer deepening in lakes and reservoirs G J Parker
63
Benthic microbial communities of Australian saline lakes J Bauld 95
94
Biological studies of meromictic lakes R L Croome
113
Adaptation to fluctuations rather than to extremes of environmental
131
ecology and biogeography R J Shiel and W Koste
141
Some quantitative aspects of the life history of aquatic insects in temperate
151
Aspects of diel vertical migration in zooplankton and its enigma variations
349
Entomostracan zooplankton communities of Australian freshwater lakes
369
the importance
387
Mound springs of the Great Artesian Basin W F Ponder 403
402
The coastal dune lakes of eastern Australia B V Timms
421
Nutrients and plant biomass in Australian estuaries with particular
433
Billabongs T J Hillman
457
a comment on perceptions of studies
471

Chironomidae Diptera of Australia D H D Edward
159
The ecological genetics of freshwater zooplankton in Australia
174
Salt and water balance in the fauna of Australian athalassic waters
193
The biology of Australian lampreys I C Potter R W Hilliard
207
Effects of introduced fish in Australia A R Fletcher
231
Introduced cichlid fish in Australian inland waters A H Arthington
239
Processes and Ecosystems
249
persistent presumptions and current
263
Origin and fate of organic matter in Australian upland streams S E Bunn
277
Boundary layers flow microenvironments and stream benthos J A Davis 293
292
Ecology of temporary streamsan Australian perspective A J Boulton
313
Diversity and abundance of the fauna in Yuccabine Creek a tropical
329
Some thoughts on the future of runningwater research with particular
343
Management
484
Reservoir sediments R L Clark and R J Wasson
497
Modern and ancient sedimentsdata base for management of aquatic
507
Anthropological limnology in the Land of Moinee P A Tyler
523
the eutrophication problem
538
Design and analysis for assessment of water quality R H Norris
555
Ecotoxicology of lipophilic pollutants in Australian inland waters
573
Aquatic macrophytes and man D S Mitchell
587
Conservation of Australian aquatic fauna F B Michaelis
599
A possible scenario for the future of Australias freshwater fish fauna
615
The state of ecological research on the River Murray K F Walker
637
Index
649
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