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A Limnological Introduction to Mirror Lake

Gene E. Likens

in Mirror Lake

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780520261198
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944497 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520261198.003.0001
A Limnological Introduction to Mirror Lake

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Mirror Lake is a clear-water lake in the Hubbard Brook Valley of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The lake formed from an ice block, a remnant of the retreating glacier. This ice block melted 14,000 years ago and left a depression in the land surface, which was then filled with water. The species diversity in Mirror Lake is relatively low and this may be due to low nutrient concentrations and slightly acidic conditions in the water, the relatively long period of ice cover, and the relative absence of macrophytes. This book discusses the geological and cultural history of Mirror Lake, as well as its ecology, paleoecology, biogeochemistry, and limnology. It analyzes on the hydrology and chemistry of Mirror Lake and focuses on the long-term linkages among air, land, and water during 1981 to 2000.

Keywords: Mirror Lake; ecology; paleoecology; biogeochemistry; limnology; hydrology; chemistry

Chapter.  5024 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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