The World's Largest Wetlands: Ecology and Conservation, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Paul A. Keddy [Southeastern Louisiana]
  • Published By:
  • ISBN-10: 0511113862
  • ISBN-13: 9780511113864
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 498 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2005 | Published/Released July 2007
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2005

  • Price:  Sign in for price



During the past century approximately fifty percent of the world's wetlands has been destroyed, largely due to human activities. Increased human population has lead to shrinkage of wetland areas, and data show that as they shrink, their important functions decline. Reduced wetland area causes more flooding in Spring, less available water during drought, greater risk of water pollution, and less food production and reduced carbon storage. Much of the remaining pristine wetland systems are found in the world's largest wetlands, and yet these areas have received surprisingly little scientific research or attention. This volume presents the views of leading experts on each of the world's largest wetland systems. Here, this international team of authors share their understanding of the ecological dynamics of large wetlands and their significance, and emphasise their need of conservation.

  • The only single book that comprehensively covers all the world's large wetlands
  • Written by an international team of leading experts
  • Contains the first English language description of the West Siberian Lowland, the world's largest wetland system

Published in 2005 in print format.



  • Paul A. Keddy [Southeastern Louisiana]

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction: Big Is Beautiful.
2: The West Siberian Lowland.
3: The Amazon River Basin.
4: The Hudson Bay Lowland.
5: The Congo River Basin.
6: The Mackenzie River Basin.
7: The Pantanal.
8: The Mississippi River Alluvial Plain.
9: The Lake Chad Basin.
10: The River Nile Basin.
11: The Prairie Potholes of North America.
12: The Magellanic Moorland.
13: The Future of Large Wetlands: A Global Perspective.