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Pollution of Lakes and Rivers: A Paleoenvironmental Perspective (Key Issues in Environmental Change) [Paperback]

John Smol

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28 Jun 2002 0340691670 978-0340691670
As part of the Arnold KEY ISSUES IN ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE series, this major new text provides an authoritative overview of the use of sedimentary records to study the environmental degradation and recovery of lakes and rivers. Written by an internationally acknowledged expert on the subject, the book includes the results of the most recent research and up-to-date data, much of which is found in a wide range of technical sources and normally inaccessible to students. A distinctive feature of the book is its temporal focus, allowing for discussion of the lessons to be learned from the past in understanding and solving current and future problems of lake and river pollution.

In keeping with the aims of the series to provide clear and up to date topics of current environmental concern, John Smol has written to inform rather than impress, using plain language, full explanations, pertinent examples and case studies. A glossary of technical terms precedes a full reference list, which includes annotations relating to useful further reading where appropriate.

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This is a terrific text for undergraduate and Masters students covering a vast range of material that is both accessible and up to date; there is a useful glossary and index with a comprehensive reference list....

....With few other books available covering this rapidly growing subject, it will be a key reference for undergraduate teaching, not just in palaeolimnology but also in environmental change.

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“The book is written in a very enjoyable style and the obvious enthusiasm of the author rings from the page.” –Catherine Duigan, Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems “John Smol has produced an excellent introduction into how sedimentary records mainly from lakes but also from rivers, reservoirs and other environments can be used to study past environments …This is a terrific text for undergraduate and Masters students covering a vast range of material that is both accessible and up to date …” –Viv Jones, The Geographical Journal “Much thought has gone into this book … The chapter headings in this book show the author’s facility with words and concepts …” –Frank E. Round, Diatom Research “… the book is compact and highly readable and makes for an excellent introduction and overview of the current state of palaeolimnology … a valuable text for all students of environmental change” –Roger Flower, The Holocene “… particularly well written. Smol’s vast experience in writing and editing is evident in his direct writing style … a fine contribution that is clearly written and suitable for student and seasoned investigator alike.” –Richard B. Brugam, Journal of Paleolimnology “… John Smol has been one of the central figures in the field of paleolimnology throughout much of its modern development … the book is well written and highly informative. The examples cover much of the significant paleolimnological studies conducted during the past decades in different parts of our planet.” –Heiki Simola, SIL News --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Impressive in its breadth and depth while remaining exceedingly readable and understandable even to the uninitiated. Prof. Smol has done an outstanding job of taking an already fascinating subject and presenting in a manner that makes it hard to put down. Never have I marked up a text with as much highlighting and underlining of crucial or key points as I did with this. A real gem and critical reference source. Well done!!
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