Limnology in Sicily: A history of fresh waters surrounded by the sea

Naselli-Flores, Luigi (1997) Limnology in Sicily: A history of fresh waters surrounded by the sea. Freshwater Forum, 9, pp. 46-54.

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The aim of this short article is to trace the history of limnology in Sicily, from the end of the last century up to the present, and pay a little homage to a scientist to whom limnology is deeply indebted: G.E. Hutchinson. Due to its insular and climatic conditions, Sicily is characterised by a drainage network formed by numerous short, torrent-like rivers, and by a few small, natural lakes. The geological characteristics of the island strongly condition the quality of these small waterbodies which generally have surface areas of less than 0.2 km super(2). The earliest observations on Sicilian lentic waters go back more than a century; in particular, at the end of the 19th century, some of the issues regarding the natural lakes had already been brought into focus. Subsequent studies on natural waterbodies concentrated on the geomorphology of landslide lakes or lakes created by the dissolution of the gypsum tableland. However, many of the waterbodies no longer exist because of land reclamation which took place up to the first half of the 1950s. During the last 35 years, there has been a notable increase in limnological publications. In addition, these studies show a more careful and integrated approach to the limnological aspects of waterbodies, compared with the early studies.

Item Type: Article
Title: Limnology in Sicily: A history of fresh waters surrounded by the sea
Personal Creator/Author:
Naselli-Flores, Luigi
Journal or Publication Title: Freshwater Forum
Volume: 9
Page Range: pp. 46-54
Date: 1997
ISSN: 0961-4664
Issuing Agency: Freshwater Biological Association
Uncontrolled Keywords: freshwater sciences; freshwater scientists; historical account; inland water environment; Italy; Sicily
Subjects: Limnology
Item ID: 4584
Depositing User: Hardy B Schwamm
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2010 12:23
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 16:14

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