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Costa Rican Ecosystems$
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Maarten Kappelle

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226121505

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226121642.001.0001

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Lakes of Costa Rica

Lakes of Costa Rica

(p.656) Chapter 19 Lakes of Costa Rica
Costa Rican Ecosystems

Sally P. Horn

Kurt A. Haberyan

University of Chicago Press

Costa Rica has an abundance of lakes, distributed from sea level to the nation’s highest peaks and within each of the major terrestrial ecosystems and exemplifying nearly every natural process of lake formation, including volcanic activity, fluvial dynamics, glaciation, and landslides. This chapter focuses on permanent, predominantly freshwater bodies of all sizes. The chapter begins with a short history of research on Costa Rican lakes and a consideration of lake distribution in the country as a whole. The authors then present a regional survey of Costa Rican lakes, following the classification of terrestrial ecosystems used throughout the book. For each of the seven principal terrestrial ecosystem regions the authors describe the common mechanisms of lake formation, and highlight two to five lakes that are particularly well known, including information about characteristic species and ecosystem functioning. The authors draw information both from their own published work and observations by themselves and others on aquatic biology and other lake characteristics, and summarize the contributions that paleolimnological studies have made to understanding ecosystem and environmental history in each region.

Keywords:   Costa Rica, lake formation, ecosystem, aquatic biology, freshwater, species

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