Lake Biwa: Interactions between Nature and People / edited by Hiroya Kawanabe, Machiko Nishino, Masayoshi Maehata.
Contributor(s): Nishino, Machiko [editor.] | Maehata, Masayoshi [editor.] | SpringerLink (Online service).Material type: TextSeries: Springer.Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 2012Description: XXX, 744 p. 370 illus., 104 illus. in color. online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9789400717831.Subject(s): Life sciences | Biodiversity | Aquatic biology | Conservation biology | Environmental management | Regional planningAdditional physical formats: Printed edition:: No titleDDC classification: 577.6 | 577.7 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Preface -- Chapter 1: Geological history and transition of the biota of Lake Biwa -- Chapter 2: Biodiversity of Lake Biwa -- Chapter 3: Ecological changes in Lake Biwa -- Chapter 4: History of the relationship between people and Lake Biwa -- Chapter 5: The use of Lake Biwa and people's lifestyle -- Chapter 6: Evolving history of Lake Biwa and the Yodo River Basin management -- Chapter 7: Environmental conservation of Lake Biwa -- Appendix 1 -- Appendix 2 -- Appendix 3 -- Appendix 4.-.
This book focuses on the long-term interactions between people and nature in and around Lake Biwa, one of the oldest lakes in the world. Accordingly, it not only covers the characteristics of the biota of this ancient lake, but also approaches it as a ‘cultural ancient lake.’ Furthermore, various problems affecting the lake, especially recent environmental changes that occurred before and after Japan’s rapid economic growth of the 1950s and 60s, are reviewed, including water pollution, lakeshore development and the reclamation of attached lakes, alien and invasive species, and problems related to the recent warming of the climate. Lastly, by analyzing data on these problems collected by the local government and residents of the lake basin, the book provides a comprehensive outlook on the future of Lake Biwa and people’s lifestyles. As such, it provides indispensable information for all people engaged in improving and conserving water regimes around the world, as well as people interested in the culture and history of Japan.