Life in Lakes and Rivers (Collins New Naturalist)

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9780002131292: Life in Lakes and Rivers (Collins New Naturalist)

Life in Lakes and Rivers reveals to us not only the fascination of the world of fresh waters, but the excitement and delight of finding out more about it. This edition is exclusive to

The study of life in British lakes and rivers is one of that has been unduly neglected in natural history publications. Dr. Macan and Dr. Worthington are particularly well equipped to provide the readers of the New Naturalist series with a work that is both authoritative and of outstanding interest, since for many years they have been connected with the freshwater biological station of Wray Castle at Windermere in the English Lakes.

It has long been emphasized by teachers of ecology that the intricacies of the animal and plant community as a whole can be readily studied in a pond or lake. This is made admirably clear by the authors. The solutions to the many problems, which form the observation of life in lakes and rivers, have themselves created other absorbing problems, wider and more fundamental than perhaps ever suspected, and which reach far into the very structure of biology.

In spite of its importance, the majority of the public know surprisingly little about the subject. Anglers know only one side of it; holiday makers mostly skim the surface if it. Dr. Macan and Dr. Worthington now reveal to us not only the fascination of the world of fresh waters, but the excitement and delight of finding out more about it.

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‘The authors of this fascinating book are freshwater biologists of great learning and considerable renown. They have produced a book that will have a very wide appeal – a book that is just about as perfect in its field as a book can be.’ Field

“For all who feel the call of the water – to fish, or merely to watch – this book should be of absorbing interest…a fascinating book explaining technical jargon with a humorous touch, and achieving both a scientific landmark and a readable volume.” The Angler’s News

About the Author:

T. T. Macan [Thomas Townley, called 'Kit' or 'TTM'] (1910–1985). Entomologist and field studies director, educated at Wellington and Cambridge, graduating in biology. Member of 1933 oceanographical expedition to Indian Ocean, specialising in starfish. Joined Freshwater Biological Association in 1935, becoming Deputy Director 1946 and remaining there until retirement in 1976, apart from war service as entomologist in Royal Army Medical Corps. Keen promoter of field studies, organised annual Easter field course at Windermere and scout camps. Founding editor of Freshwater Biology journal; leading roles in international association of limnology.

E. Barton Worthington (1905–2001). Ecologist and science administrator. Cambridge graduate, career alternating between Britain and Africa. Took part in African lakes expeditions 1927–31 and African research survey 1934–37. Secretary and first full-time director of Freshwater Biological Association 1937–46; returned to Africa in the late 1940s as science and development advisor; deputy scientific director for Nature Conservancy 1957–65 and scientific director International Biological Programme 1964–74. Active in water biology and international nature conservation, concerned with environmental impacts of drainage and irrigation. CBE 1967.

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Macan, T. T.; Worthington, Edgar Barton
Published by HarperCollins Distribution Services (1974)
ISBN 10: 0002131293 ISBN 13: 9780002131292
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Book Description HarperCollins Distribution Services, 1974. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 2131293

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