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Limnology

Neil Rooney

in Ecology

ISBN: 9780199830060
Published online May 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199830060-0053
Limnology

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Limnology is the study of the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of lakes and other bodies of fresh water. It has been a dominant subdiscipline of ecology due to a number of factors. Lakes are easily defined ecological units, as the shoreline serves as a convenient border. Furthermore, lakes contain large populations of small organisms in a relatively easy to sample homogenous water column. Finally, lakes contain freshwater, a valuable natural resource in much of the world, which makes limnology a practical as well as a valuable science.

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Subjects: Applied Ecology (Environmental Science) ; Ecology and Conservation ; Plant Ecology ; Zoology and Animal Sciences

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