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<Lakes and Reservoirs
Similarities, Differences and Importance>

The Short Series (4 volumes) on Planning and Management of Lakes and Reservoirs has been produced with the objective of increasing environmental awareness and education of the general public about freshwater bodies, their characteristics, interactions and human intervention. Each volume written in a non-technical style using a minimum of jargon and liberal use colour diagrams and photographs to reinforce the text and make them more informative. 

Volume 1 focuses on the differences and similarities of lakes and reservoirs considering their characteristics, use and conservation. The publication explains the water cycle as the basis to understand how water moves in nature, shows that although lakes and reservoirs appear to be very similar in fact they can also be very different from each other and also talks about how to take care of them

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Why are Lakes and Reservoirs Important?


Fresh Water and the Hydrologic Cycle

How are Lakes and Reservoirs Formed and  Located?

Natural Lakes

Man-made Lakes (Reservoirs)

How are Lakes and Reservoirs the Same and How are They Different?

Shape and Morphometry
Water Quality
Downstream Characteristics

Management of Lakes and Reservoirs

The Nature of Lake and Reservoir Water Problems
Considerations Unique to Reservoirs
Reservoir Development in the Future
Protection of Lakes and Reservoirs


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