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Limnology is the study of physical, chemical, geological, and biological aspects of freshwater ecosystems. It includes both basic and applied aspects of running waters (lotic environments) and lakes (lentic environments). Limnology can be considered an ecological science since it involves the interaction of various disciplines to explain processes and structure of freshwater ecosystems. Limnologists (the scientists who study limnology) study a variety of aspects of freshwater ecosystems. The origins and life cycles of lakes has been an important area of study. Lakes form as the result of glacial activity, tectonics, landslides, volcanic activity, dissolution of soils, aeolian processes, river processes (oxbow lakes), and behind shorelines. The structure and function of aquatic ecosystems is studied in limnology. The biota of lakes is highly diverse with representatives ...