Christian E.W. Steinberg (Editor), 2003, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Germany, 429 p. (Hardcover, US $109.00) ISBN: 3-540-43922-6.

The Ecology of Humic Substances in Freshwaters is a comprehensive book describing how dead organic matter (i.e., humic substances—HS) affects abiotic and biotic processes in freshwaters. The editor and author, Christian E. W. Steinberg, writes in the Introduction that “the link of ecology and dead may look like a strange alliance, since most limnological studies involve living organisms, and their interaction with the surrounding environment”, and, consequently, not the opposite. However, after reading the book, the link between ecology and dead organic matter seems very...

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