In the past few years, the problem of ocean pollution has captured the attention of the media and the public, especially in the wake of such disasters as the washing up of medical waste on the New Jersey shoreline in the summer months of 1988. The media and the public have yet to focus in the same way on the problem of pollution of inland freshwater, including lakes, ponds and streams. Scientists working in the field of limnology, however, have been quietly studying this issue for more than two decades. Their work deserves, and is now beginning to receive, wider recognition.

One way to study the work of these scientists is to examine the journals dedicated to publishing limnology articles. In 1988 the Philadelphia-based Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) classified it among some 3,200 journals it indexes for the Science Citation index as limnology titles. Of these journals; four exhibit...

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