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Lakes Handbook: Lake Restoration and Rehabilitation, Volume 2 edited by P. E. O'Sullivan, by C. S. Reynolds, F. W. B. Bugenyi , Lyudmila Butorina, G. I. Cowan (Blackwell Publishing) in this handbook which focuses on conservation of lake ecology, experts address initially the basic value of lakes and the way human development has undermined the quality of sound of lake ecology. The volume is divided into five parts.  The first part introduces the need for Lake restoration and rehabilitation.  Part two provides regional case studies about lakes covering the North American Great Lakes the Lakes of northern Europe the great lakes of Asia in a discussion of the floodplains in subtropical South America. Part three addresses the specific human impact on lake ecologies especially on reservoirs and artificial lakes as well as a tropical shallow lakes and temperate shallow lakes.  Part four addresses lake and catchments models with an emphasis on the quality of water and the nature of fist stocks present. Nutrient loading and phosphorus loaning as well as acidfied lakes are specifically addressed as a problem in lake rehabilitation. Part five concludes with in the United States and Sweden, East Africa and South Africa.  Altogether this volume is a useful contribution to a wider understanding of the necessity of preserving our natural resources. The volume is most likely to be used in practical applications geology courses or biology courses but it also has a use for critiquing developmental plans and how they impact both natural and artificial freshwater resources.

Continuing concern about water supply and quality, ecosystem sustainability and restoration demands that the modern approach to the management of lakes and reservoirs should be based on a sound understanding of the application of the scientific and ecological principles that underlie freshwater processes.

The Lakes Handbook provides an up-to-date overview of the application of ecologically sound approaches, methods and tools using experience gained around the world for an understanding of lakes and their management. Volume one of the Handbook addresses the physical and biological aspects of lakes pertinent to lake management, emphasising those aspects particularly relevant to large, still bodies of water. Volume two then considers lake management, with particular emphasis on sustainability, restoration and rehabilitation.

This handbook will be invaluable to ecologists, environmental scientists, physical geographers and hydrologists involved in limnological research, as well as advanced undergraduate and graduate students looking for authoritative reviews of the key areas of limnological study.

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