By J. V. Ward, Boris C. Kondratieff, R. E. Zuellig

It is a entire source at the biology, ecology, and systematics of aquatic bugs of Rocky Mountain streams. This richly illustrated and updated quantity contains descriptions of mountain flow ecosystems and habitats; simplified id keys to the bugs of Colorado Mountain streams; transparent, well-labelled drawings; and an intensive bibliography. Species' distributions via drainage basin are supplied for mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies, the 3 orders for which such info can be found.

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Chemical conditions play a much greater biological role in standing waters. See Golterman (1975) for a review of the chemistry of stream water. The present account is restricted to very brief considerations of total dissolved solids (TDS), dissolved gases, and nutrients. Page 20 Total Dissolved Solids The headwaters of streams originating near the Continental Divide in regions of insoluble bedrock (granite, schist, gneiss) often contain extremely soft water (< 10mg/1 TDS) and thus exhibit low biotic productivity.

Vrain Creek) to the plains. the same order produces the next highest order. Therefore, the joining of two first-order streams produces a second-order segment, two second-order streams produce a third-order stream, and so on. The Mississippi River at its mouth is a twelfth-order stream. The largest rivers in Colorado are eighth- or ninth-order. Although small in size, the lower-order streams are numerous. About 70% of the United States is drained by first- and second-order streams. Longitudinal Profiles The longitudinal profile graphically describes a stream's gradient (slope) as a function of distance from the source.

There is no lack of opportunity for investigators to contribute to our knowledge of mountain stream insects of Colorado. The taxonomy of many groups remains to be fully elucidated. Species identification keys for immatures are either unavailable or inadequate for some groups of aquatic insects in this region. Knowledge of distribution patterns within Colorado is also incomplete; only very limited data are available for several major drainage basins. That the distribution of many species is much broader than records indicate becomes readily apparent when collecting in little-studied areas of Colorado.

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