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RETRACTED ARTICLE: Wetlands And Lakes Of The World: Devashish Kar

G. Aditya
Published 2017 · Geography

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Wetlands and lakes are diverse in origin and form with multifunctional roles in delivering ecosystem services for human well-being. Coexistence of diverse form of animals and plants is a redundant attribute of the freshwater wetlands and lakes contributing to equivalently diverse ecological functions. Information on the wetlands is useful in understanding the functions and framing the strategies for the conservation for sustainable use of resources thriving therein. In comparison to the information on the wetlands around the globe, few books are available in Indian context. The present book is one such example where the information on the wetlands are provided in both concise and revealing forms that may be useful for the purpose of conservation and sustainable use of the resources thriving therein. With a wonderful prelude to the context of wetland conservation and sustainable use, the book introduces to both academic personnel and managers equally well. Following a general introduction on the topic the chapters that follow are well compiled and appear in sequence of highlighting the significant aspects of wetland biology. A concise yet useful documentation on the wetlands is provided, which appears to be a keystone chapter of the book itself. The primary chapters provide a good introduction on the subject of limnology and studies on the lentic ecosystems. A chapter on the limnological studies is elaborated using Malaysia as a model developing country. The following chapters on the physico-chemical features of the wetlands and lakes and the overview of the hydrological dynamics are good enough to provide fundamental ideas about the background of wetlands and lakes as functional ecosystems. A summarized yet valuable elaboration on lake classification and description on the world lakes is truly useful to understand the structural features of the lakes. Distribution of the lakes of the worlds quite efficiently portrays the variation in the structure, size and utility from environment and human well-being perspectives. An extended discussion on the varied types of wetland of the world, the paleolimnological significance, biogeochemistry and hydrological dynamics is well suited to understand and compare the structure and function of lakes and wetlands in different landscapes and biomes. A vivid description on the wetland resources, particularly those that are linked with the ecology and economics are lucidly elaborated in subsequent chapters of the book. The elaboration on the wetland types of the world followed by the description of the wetlands of India and Asia is extremely useful, since it provides an extensive idea about the importance of wetlands in the concerned geographical region. Truly, the information on the various wetlands of the region and the ecosystem services derived thereof is praiseworthy, and reflection of the hardwork of the authors to provide extremely useful information to the readers from all aspects of limnology and wetland and lake management. Separate chapters on the wetlands of Asia, Africa, America, Europe and Australasia, provides a vivid idea about the diversity and thus the richness of resources in these continents. Apart from imbibing the fundamental information on the wetlands of the concerned continents, the readers would be able to summarize and compare the differences in the lentic systems and thus availability of the resources in the concerned areas. Information pertaining to structure and function of wetlands and lakes is a pre-requisite for the sustenance of & Gautam Aditya gazoo@caluniv.ac.in



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