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Mirror Lake: Past, Present, and Future

Gene E. Likens and James W. Labaugh

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/9780520261198.003.0006
Mirror Lake: Past, Present, and Future

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This chapter discusses the hydrological and biogeochemical characteristics of Mirror Lake and the changes that resulted from air-land-water interactions and human activities. Since the formation of Mirror Lake, both the watershed and the lake have undergone many changes, such as vegetation development and basin filling. These changes are ongoing, and Mirror Lake is continuing along an aging pathway and ultimately, it will fill with sediment and no longer be a lake. The chapter also identifies major factors that affected the hydrology and biogeochemistry of Mirror Lake: acid rain, atmospheric deposition of lead and other heavy metals, increased human settlement around the lake, the construction of an interstate highway through the watershed of the Northeast Tributary, the construction of an access road through the West and Northeast watersheds to the lake, and climate change. The chapter also offers future recommendations for management and protection of Mirror Lake.

Keywords: Mirror Lake; watershed; vegetation; basin filling; acid rain; atmospheric deposition; human settlement; climate change

Chapter.  8659 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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