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The Nile

Origin, Environments, Limnology and Human Use

Series: Monographiae Biologicae, Vol. 89

Dumont, Henri J. (Ed.)

2009, XIV, 818 p.

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  • Features a multidisciplinary account of the Nile, the longest river of the world
  • Discusses the geological history, hydrology, climate, the biota of the basin, the effects of human interventions and the value of water as a natural resource
  • This book is a new edition to the 1976 monograph The Nile by Rzo’ska

The book discusses the Nile basin from a holistic point of view, giving due attention to its geological history, hydrology, climate, and the full diversity of subsystems like lakes and swamps. It discusses at length the biota of the basin, and derives general conclusions on the biodiversity of the plants and animals that inhabit it. It also examines the effects of human interventions, mainly dam building, but also pollution and eutrophication. It ends with several contributions on the natural resource value of water, and the constraints this imposes on the policies of the riparian states.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Biogeography - Eutrophication - Fauna - Fresh water - Reservoir and lake biology - River Ecology - Sustainable development - Water quality and management - biodiversity - ecology - environment - limnology - phytoplankton - plankton - water quality

Related subjects » Animal Sciences - Ecology - Life Sciences

Table of contents 

1. Introductory chapter: A Description of the Nile Basin, and a Synopsis of its History, Ecology, Biogeography and Natural Resources Henri J. Dumont 2. The Nile Delta: History of Scientific Research. Jack F. Talling PART I ORIGIN 3. Cenozoic Evolution of the Nile Basin Michael R. Talbot & M. A. J. Williams 4. Late Quaternary Environments in the Nile Basin Martin A. J. Williams & Michael R. Talbot PART II MAJOR NILOTIC ENVIRONMENTS 5. The Delta Waleed Hamza 6. The Fayum Depression and its Lakes Gamal M. El Shabrawy & Henri J. Dumont 7. Lake Nasser-Nubia Gamal M. El Shabrawy 8. The Toshka Lakes Gamal M. El Shabrawy & Henri J. Dumont 9. Lake Tana: Source of the Blue Nile Jacobus Vijverberg, Ferdinand A. Sibbing & Eshete Dejen 10. Swamps of the Upper White Nile Jim Green & Asim I. El Moghraby 11. The Kyoga Catchment Jim Green 12. Lake Victoria John T. Lehman 13. Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon): Headwaters of the White Nile Hilde Eggermont, Kay Van Damme & James M. Russell 14. Nilotic Lakes of the Western Rift Jim Green 15. Lake Turkana and its Link to the Nile Thomas C. Johnson & John O. Malala PART III CLIMATES AND HYDROLOGY 16. Nile Basin Climates Pierre Camberlin 17. The Hydrology of the Nile Basin John V. Sutcliffe PART IV LIMNOLOGY AND BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY 18. Physical and Chemical Water Characteristics Jack F. Talling 19. River Nile Pollutants and their Effect on Organisms and Water Quality Mostafa El-Sheekh 20. Bacteria and Viruses of the Nile Saleh Ahmed Rabeh 21. Phytoplankton: Composition, Development and Productivity Jack F. Talling, Faisal Sinada, Ola E. Taha & Emad M. H. Sohby 22. Hydrophytes of the Nile in Egypt Mahmoud A. Zahran 23. Aquatic Plants in the Sudan Osman M. M. Ali 24. The Cnidaria of the Nile Basin Henri J. Dumont 25. The Oligochaeta of the Nile Basin revisited Samir. I. Ghabbour 26. The crustacean Zooplankton (Copepoda, Branchiopoda), Atyid Decapoda and Syncarida of the Nile Basin Henri J. Dumont 27. Freshwater Crabs and Shrimps (Crustacea: Decapoda) of the Nile Basin Neil Cumberlidge 28. The Nile Benthos Gamal El-Shabrawy & Mohamed R. Fishar 29. Freshwater Mollusks of the Nile Basin: Past and Present Dirk Van Damme & Bert Van Bocxlaer 30. Aquatic Insects of the Nile, with Emphasis on the Odonata Henri J. Dumont 31. Fish Fauna of the Nile Frans Witte, Martien van Oijen & Ferdinand Sibbing 32. Fossil Fish from the Nile River and its Southern Basins Kathlyn M. Stewart 33-Birds of the Nile Jim Green PART V HUMAN USE 34. Fisheries in the Nile System Frans Witte, Martin de Graaf, Oliva Mkumbo, Asim I. El-Moghraby & Ferdinand Sibbing 35. Nile Basin Asymmetries: a Closed Fresh Water Resource, Soil Water Potential, the Political Economy and Nile Transboundary Hydropolitics John Anthony Allan 36. Human Impact on the Nile Basin: Past, Present, Future Mart

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