Friday, August 17, 2012

Limnology


From "History Geeks," the May 9, 2012, post (with illustration) by Nick Record, on the blog Seascape Projects, which is SeascapeModeling.org's blog:

Having difficulty reading the digital version, we decided to dig up the original paper from Jeff's old bound copies of Limnology and Oceanography, which he inherited from another zooplankton ecologist.

Any regular reader of Michiko Kakutani's column would think limnology is a reference to her penchant for the word limn.

Below is the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography's definition of the word (without a mention of ASLO's August 26 - September 1 workshop "Aquatic Flowering Plants of North America, with a Special Focus on the Potamogetonaceae and Hydrocharitaceae," in Steuben, Maine).

Limnology is the study of inland waters – lakes (both freshwater and saline), reservoirs, rivers, streams, wetlands, and groundwater – as ecological systems interacting with their drainage basins and the atmosphere. The limnological discipline integrates the functional relationships of growth, adaptation, nutrient cycles, and biological productivity with species composition, and describes and evaluates how physical, chemical, and biological environments regulate these relationships.

The word limnology is derived from the Greek limne –  marsh, pond, and the Latin limnaea – thing pertaining to a marsh. Stated simply, limnology is the study of the structural and functional interrelationships of organisms of inland waters as their dynamic physical, chemical, and biotic environments affect them.

The end of Mr Record's post reads: "Jeff kindly allowed me to keep this priceless historical artifact."

Paper can really come in handy. How much fun can it be to click into a past document, anyway?

There are of course about a billion other reasons why paper is the bees' knee socks.

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