The Diatoms: Applications for the Environmental and Earth Sciences

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-11-01
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This much revised and expanded edition provides a valuable and detailed summary of the many uses of diatoms in a wide range of applications in the environmental and earth sciences. Particular emphasis is placed on the use of diatoms in analysing ecological problems related to climate change, acidification, eutrophication, and other pollution issues. The chapters are divided into sections for easy reference, with separate sections covering indicators in different aquatic environments. A final section explores diatom use in other fields of study such as forensics, oil and gas exploration, nanotechnology, and archaeology. Sixteen new chapters have been added since the first edition including introductory chapters on diatom biology and the numerical approaches used by diatomists. The extensive glossary has also been expanded and now includes over 1,000 detailed entries, which will help non-specialists to use the book effectively.

Table of Contents

Applications and uses of diatoms: prologue
The diatoms: a primer
Numerical methods for the analysis of diatom assemblage data
Diatoms as Indicators of Environmental Change in Flowing Waters and Lakes
Assessing environmental conditions in rivers and streams with diatoms
Diatoms as indicators of long-term environmental change in rivers, fluvial lakes and impoundments
Diatoms as indicators of surface-water acidity
Diatoms as indicators of lake eutrophication
Diatoms as indicators of environmental change in shallow lakes
Diatoms as indicators of water-level change in freshwater lakes
Diatoms as indicators of hydrologic and climatic change in saline lakes
Diatoms in ancient lakes
Diatoms as Indicators in Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Lacustrine Environments
Diatoms as indicators of environmental change in subarctic and alpine regions
Freshwater diatoms as indicators of environmental change in the High Arctic
Diatoms as indicators of environmental change in Antarctic and subantarctic freshwaters
Diatoms as Indicators in Marine and Estuarine Environments
Diatoms and environmental change in large brackish-water ecosystems
Applied diatom studies in estuaries and shallow coastal environments
Estuarine paleoenvironmental reconstructions using diatoms
Diatoms on coral reefs and in tropical marine lakes
Diatoms as indicators of former sea levels, earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes
Marine diatoms as indicators of modern changes in oceanographic conditions
Holocene marine diatom records of environmental change
Diatoms as indicators of paleoceanographic events
Reconsidering the meaning of biogenic silica accumulation rates in the glacial Southern Ocean
Other Applications
Diatoms of aerial habitats
Diatoms as indicators of environmental change in wetlands and peatlands
Tracking fish, seabirds, and wildlife population dynamics with diatoms and other limnological indicators
Diatoms and archaeology
Diatoms in oil and gas exploration
Forensic science and diatoms
Toxic marine diatoms
Diatoms as markers of atmospheric transport
Diatoms as nonnative species
Stable isotopes from diatom silica
Diatoms and nanotechnology: early history and imagined future as seen through patents
Epilogue: a view to the future
Glossary, acronyms, and abbreviations
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