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Summary and Conclusions

Thomas C. Winter and 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/9780520261198.003.0007
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This book has covered a 20-year study (1981 to 2000) on Mirror Lake, paying special attention to its geological and cultural history, physical and chemical characteristics, and measurement of its hydrological components. This concluding chapter presents some of the observations documented in this 20-year study. First, the mass of the sulfate in the lake is decreasing. Second, increasing pH and decreasing sulfate concentrations were also correlated with similar changes in pH and sulfate levels from precipitation. Third, sodium and chloride increases in the lake are caused by road salting. Finally, data suggests that there are increased chemical concentrations in Mirror Lake, thus making it unproductive to this day.

Keywords: Mirror Lake; hydrological components; sulfate; road salting; chemical concentrations

Chapter.  1759 words. 

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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