Rivers of Europe

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9780123694492: Rivers of Europe

"This outstanding reference contains an enormous amount of information on characterizing and synthesizing natural features of European rivers and their catchments. Topics in this book include land use, climate hydrology, biodiversity, and environmental issues, such as pollution, fragmentation by dams, introduction of non-native species, and loss of biodiversity.I recommend this book highly to anyone interested in rivers."--Journal of the North American Benthological Society, October 2010, page 1527-9

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Based on the bestselling book, "Rivers of North America", this new guide stands as the only primary source of complete and comparative baseline data on the biological and hydrological characteristics of more than 180 of the highest profile rivers in Europe. With numerous full-color photographs and maps, this book includes conservation information on current patterns of river use and the extent to which human society has exploited and impacted them. "Rivers of Europe" provides the information ecologists and conservation managers need to better assess their management and meet the EU legislative good governance targets. It covers more than 180 European rivers. This book: summarizes biological, ecological and biodiversity characteristics; provides conservation managers with information to resolve conflicts between recreational use of rivers, their use as a water supply, and the need to conserve natural habitats; offers data on river hydrology (maximum , minimum and average flow rates), seasonal variation in water flow; consists of numerous full-color photographs; and, consists of information on the underlying geology and its affect on river behaviour.

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