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In Lakes, John Richard Saylor explores a very common body of water that is of great ecological importance. Readers will learn that even the most ordinary of lakes experience a scientific drama not unlike the emotional drama of their human counterparts. Despite the calm pastoral nature that we typically see on the surface, lakes experience an array of profound and wondrous processes often hidden in plain sight.
Lakes begins with how lakes are born and what defines them. Saylor then explores the physical properties of lakes and the plant and animal life they support. Finally, he shows us the ways in which lakes die, either through human impacts or natural processes. As we look toward a future in which fresh water may become scarce, it is more important than ever to understand how lakes function and how to keep them alive and thriving.