Soda Lakes of East Africa

  • Michael Schagerl

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Genesis, Physics and Chemistry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael Schagerl, Robin W. Renaut
      Pages 3-24
    3. Giday WoldeGabriel, Daniel Olago, Edwin Dindi, Mike Owor
      Pages 25-59
    4. John M. Melack, Sally MacIntyre
      Pages 61-76
    5. Daniel M. Deocampo, Robin W. Renaut
      Pages 77-93
  3. Organisms and Their Interactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. William D. Grant, Brian E. Jones
      Pages 97-147
    3. Lothar Krienitz, Michael Schagerl
      Pages 149-177
    4. Andrew W. Yasindi, William D. Taylor
      Pages 179-204
    5. Seyoum Mengistou
      Pages 205-226
    6. Geraldine D. Kavembe, Axel Meyer, Chris M. Wood
      Pages 227-257
    7. Lothar Krienitz, Barbara Mähnert, Michael Schagerl
      Pages 259-284
  4. Utilization, Threats and Conservation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 321-321
    2. Lothar Krienitz, Christina Bock, Pawan K. Dadheech, Kiplagat Kotut, Wei Luo, Michael Schagerl
      Pages 323-343
    3. David M. Harper, Emma Tebbs, Olivia Bell, Victoria J. Robinson
      Pages 345-364
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 375-408

About this book


This book is devoted to the alkaline-saline lakes of East Africa, which include the world-famous “flamingo lakes”. It covers the full range of issues, from the lakes’ origin and history, life in and around these unique water bodies, to utilization, threats and management considerations. The authors, all of whom are leading international experts, summarize research done so far, highlight new and important findings, and provide future outlooks. The book is divided into three main sections: “Genesis, physics and chemistry” tackles lake development and the astounding physico-chemistry of the lakes. “Organisms and ecology” presents information about the many lake inhabitants, their interactions and adaptations to the extreme living conditions. “Utilization, management and perspectives” addresses threats such as lake exploitation and pollution, but also considers potential uses. This book will be particularly relevant to researchers and lecturers in the field of limnology and aquatic ecology, but is also designed to attract all those interested in nature and life on our planet.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Schagerl
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Limnology and Bio-OceanographyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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