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Dynamic Aquaria, 3rd Edition Building Living Ecosystems US$84.95

ELV9780123706416
Dynamic Aquaria, 3rd Edition Building Living Ecosystems

Dynamic Aquaria, 3rd Edition Description

In its third edition, this praised book demonstrates how the living systems modeling of aquatic ecosystems for ecological, biological and physiological research, and ecosystem restoration can produce answers to very complex ecological questions. This book further offers an understanding developed in 25 years of living ecosystem modeling and discusses how this knowledge has produced methods of efficiently solving many environmental problems. Public education through this methodology is the additional key to the broader ecosystem understanding necessary to allow human society to pass through the next evolutionary bottleneck of our species. Living systems modeling as a wide spectrum educational tool can provide a primary vehicle for that essential step.

This third editon covers the many technological and biological developments in the eight plus years since the second edition, providing updated technological advice and describing many new example aquarium environments.

  • 528 pages
  • Trim size 8 1/2 X 11 in
  • Copyright 2007

Dynamic Aquaria, 3rd Edition Key Features

  • Includes 16 page color insert with 57 color plates and 25% new photographs
  • Offers 300 figures and 75 tables
  • New chapter on Biogeography
  • Over 50% new research in various chapters
  • Significant updates in chapters include:
    - The understanding of coral reef function especially the relationship between photosynthesis and calcification
    - The use of living system models to solve problems of biogeography and the geographic dispersal and interaction of species populations
    - The development of new techniques for global scale restoration of water and atmosphere
    - The development of new techniques for closed system, sustainable aquaculture

Dynamic Aquaria, 3rd Edition Readership

Living system modelers, ecologists, aquatic biologists and physiologists, teachers at all levels, restoration ecologists, ecological engineers, environmental scientists and engineers, ecological engineers, aquaculturalists, biogeographers, global change scientists and aquarium hobbyists.

Dynamic Aquaria, 3rd Edition Contents

1: Introduction

Part I: Physical Environment

2: The Envelope: Physical Parameters and Energy State

3: Substrate: The Active Role of Rock, Mud, and Sand

4: Water Composition: Management of Salinity, Hardness, and Evaporation

5: The Input of Solar Energy: Lighting Requirements

6: The Input of Organic Energy: Particulates and Feeding

Part II : Biochemical Environment

7: Metabolism: Respiration, Photosynthesis, and Biological Loading

8: Organisms and Gas Exchange: Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide, pH, and Alkalinity

9: The Primary Nutrients—Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Silica: Limitation and Eutrophication

10: Biomineralization and Calcification: A Key to Biosphere and Ecosystem Function

11: Control of the Biochemical Environment: Filters, Bacteria, and the Algal Turf Scrubber

Part III: Biological Structure

12: Community Structure: Biodiversity in Model Ecosystems

13: Trophic Structure: Ecosystems and the Dynamics of Food Chains

14: Primary Producers: Plants That Grow on the Bottom

15: Herbivores: Predators of Plants and Omnivores, Predators of Plants and Animals

16: Carnivores: Predators of Animals

17: Plankton and Planktivores: Floating Plants and Animals and Their Predators

18: Detritus and Detritivores: The Dynamics of Muddy Bottoms

19: Symbionts and Other Feeders

Part IV: Ecological Systems in Microcosms, Mesocosms, and Aquaria

20: Models of Coral Reef Ecosystems

21: A Subarctic/Boreal Microcosm: Test of a Biogeographic Model

22: Estuaries: Ecosystem Modeling and Restoration: Where Fresh and Salt Waters Interact

23: Freshwater Ecosystem Models Part V: The Environment and Ecological Engineering

24: Organisms and Natural Products: Commercial Ecosystem Culture

25: Large Scale Water Quality Management with Solar Energy Capture

Part VI: Summary

26: Microcosms, Mesocosms, and Macrocosms: Building and Restoring Ecosystems: A Synthesis

Dynamic Aquaria, 3rd Edition Author Information

By Walter H. Adey, Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA; and Karen Loveland, Emeritus Natural History Producer


This product was added to our catalog on Monday 29 December, 2008.

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