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Limnology, Third Edition: Lake and River Ecosystems Hardcover – April 20, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0127447605 ISBN-10: 0127447601 Edition: 3rd
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"This newest edition is marked not only by substantial reworking, updating, and addition but also by the maturation of the author's understanding of freshwater ecosystems, and understanding that has been amassed from years of study and analysis of his own and others' research. ...the author's ability to put the tremendous array of subjects into context is nothing short of remarkable. ...this book is a timely and masterful revision, and it should be on the shelf and in the classroom of every practicing freshwater algal ecologist and limnologist."
―-Carole E. Lembi, Dept of Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University, in JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGICAL ECOLOGY (2001)

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Robert G. Wetzel, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S.A.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1006 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 3 edition (April 20, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0127447601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0127447605
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 2.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ARH TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Wetzel's "Limnology" is almost certainly a fixture on the bookshelf of every limnologist in the country (perhaps even the world).

1) Review of this product as a reference book:

Wetzel has been a leader in the field of Limnology for decades. This book contains a combination of his vast personal experience with the enormous amount of information that has been generated through the end of the 1990s. The book, perhaps more approprately referred to as a tome, addresses virtually every sub-discipline included in the field of limnology. And, the book is well cited, with well over 100 pp of citations.

The book contains abundant examples, explanations, and descriptions of all things limnological. He has also beefed his treatment of rivers and streams, which was more or less missing in the 1st edition. Still, the strength of this book is clearly the information on ponds and lakes.

This is an outstanding reference book - I'd probably award it 4 or 4.5 stars if a reference is all it were used for (it is a bit out of date now).

2) Review of this product at a textbook:

My first limnology course used Wetzel's first edition...a much smaller book, and much more easily digested than either the second or third editions. That was in my first year of graduate school. Since then Wetzel's book increased in size by format and number of pages in the 2nd editon, and even moreso in the 3rd edition.

The third edition can be downright intimidating when you see it.

The third edition's usefulness as a reference book has increased greatly, but at the cost of reducing its usefullness as a text.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mark Hayes on January 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent general reference text. Can not say enough about the excellent content of this text. But it is need of an edition update with information for lake mapping and restoration. Dr. C.L. Nelson of St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN has an excellent small text on physical limnology for the mapping aspect. This book does do an excellent job on the biological aspects of limnological work.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jason Brown on November 4, 2003
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Well there is no doubt that this book contains a large amount of information, it CANNOT be used as an introductory text. It is much to difficult to comprehend, and Wetzel makes absolutely no effort to teach the concepts. Here merely presents a synthesis of limnological research.
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I purchased this book even before I was a college student. Half way through my junior year, I continue to reference this outstanding resource in many of my research papers. No dumbing down in this text--it's depth and comprehensiveness is integral to its appeal and usefulness. I would love to see an update especially in light of the advances in ecological restoration and geotechnologies; but, "Limnolody" is a must for anyone who wants to understand water and/or riparian ecology. Kudo's to Wetzel!
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By T. Wiza on December 14, 2008
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I thought this book was well written but went over my head in some areas, with the lack of explaining some concepts. It is a great book if you already have taken a limnology class and is great for references. Although kind of hard to keep reading due to the lack of color(keeps me entertained), I found this book to be quite well written for the use in my limnology class. Don't think I'll sell it back : )
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For my granddaughter who is majoring in Environmental Sciences and wants to specialize in Limnology. This is complete and should help her make up her mind, which I suspect is made up already.
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This is a timeless classic. Limnologist should never need to purchase another textbook on limnology. This book is compendious and frequently cited in peer-reviewed manuscripts.
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Definitive work on physical, as well as biological limnology. Superb treatment of the various origins of lake basins and lake morphology.
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