noun \lim-ˈnä-lə-jē\

Definition of LIMNOLOGY

:  the scientific study of bodies of freshwater (as lakes)
lim·no·log·i·cal \ˌlim-nə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ also lim·no·log·ic \-ˈlä-jik\ adjective
lim·nol·o·gist \lim-ˈnä-lə-jist\ noun


Greek limnē + International Scientific Vocabulary -logy
First Known Use: circa 1888


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Subdiscipline of hydrology that concerns the study of fresh waters, specifically lakes and ponds (both natural and manmade), including their biological, physical, and chemical aspects. François-Alphonse Forel (1841–1912) established the field with his studies of Lake Geneva. Limnology traditionally is closely related to hydrobiology, which is concerned with the application of the principles and methods of physics, chemistry, geology, and geography to ecological problems.


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