from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The scientific study of the life and phenomena of fresh water, especially lakes and ponds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The science concerning the biological, physical and geological properties of fresh water bodies, especially lakes and ponds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the scientific study of bodies of fresh water for their biological and physical and geological properties.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The scientific study of lakes and ponds, with especial reference to the organisms which live in them.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the scientific study of bodies of fresh water for their biological and physical and geological properties


Greek limnē, lake + -logy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From limno- + -logy. (Wiktionary)


  • The tempo of scientific investigation increased rapidly after 1938, with emphasis on specialized fields such as limnology, wildlife management, ecology, pedology and archeology.

    Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada

  • I have to admit that when I saw the word, I thought it must have something to do with lakes from Greek λίμνη, as in 'limnology'. THE PERILS OF A FANCY VOCABULARY.

  • This research, at the interface between biogeochemistry and community ecology, is conducted in continental aquatic ecosystems and marine ecosystems alike, thereby bridging limnology and oceanography.

    Contributor: Carlos M. Duarte

  • He received a Ph.D. at Washington State University in 1976, with emphasis in limnology and ecosystem modeling.

    Contributor: James E. Cloern

  • His research interests range from ecology, limnology, biostatistics and modeling, through ecosystems functioning, global climate change, nitrogen and carbon cycling in temperate peatlands to taxonomy, ecology and biogeography of Rotifera, Cladocera and Copepoda.

    Contributor: Leszek A. Bledzki

  • Labels: limnology, New York Times, Zadie posted by John McGrath @ 5: 45 PM

    Limnology and Why I'm a Bad Blogger

  • Ornithological research has been done since the 1950s and studies have since been carried out on vertebrate zoology, botany, ecology, plant ecology, entomology, limnology, geography, ethology, pesticides and diseases.

    Doñana National Park, Spain

  • Lake drawdown will result in a change in the limnology and the availability and suitability of habitat for aquatic biota.

    Key findings, science gaps, and recommendations for freshwater ecosystems in the ACIA

  • In contrast to often quite distinct changes in physical limnology, changes in chemical limnological conditions have been relatively moderate during lake development in the Fennoscandian Arctic and on the Kola Peninsula [46].

    Historical changes in freshwater ecosystems in the Arctic

  • Included along with the transcript is a chronology of Champ sightings, notes on the limnology of Lake Champlain, and some reprints of historical newspaper accounts involving Champ-related phenomena.

    Archive 2007-08-01


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