The physical-chemical limnology of a desert reservoir

Richard D. Olsen, Milton R. Sommerfeld

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Abstract

The physical-chemical limnology of a desert lake in central Arizona was investigated from February 1971-July 1973. The reservoir was found to be a warm-monomictic, eutrophic lake which exhibited pronounced thermal stratification during the summer months. Surface water temperatures ranged from a minimum of ca. 9 C in January to a maximum near 30 C in July-August. Chemically the lake may be described as a hard water lake of moderately high alkalinity and salinity. The concentration of the principal ions was affected significantly by precipitation run-off. The primary nutrients N and P were subject to considerable seasonal variability, being influenced most by precipitation and phytoplankton abundance. Trace element concentrations were low and showed comparatively little fluctuation during the study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-129
Number of pages13
JournalHydrobiologia
Volume53
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1977

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Limnology
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lakes
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Thermal stratification
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surface temperature
water temperature
Alkalinity
Trace elements
Surface waters
phytoplankton
trace element
temperature profiles

Keywords

  • desert reservoir
  • limnology
  • nutrients
  • phytoplankton
  • trace elements
  • water chemistry

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  • Water Science and Technology
  • Pollution
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science

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The physical-chemical limnology of a desert reservoir. / Olsen, Richard D.; Sommerfeld, Milton R.

In: Hydrobiologia, Vol. 53, No. 2, 04.1977, p. 117-129.

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Olsen, RD & Sommerfeld, MR 1977, 'The physical-chemical limnology of a desert reservoir', Hydrobiologia, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 117-129. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00029290
Olsen, Richard D. ; Sommerfeld, Milton R. / The physical-chemical limnology of a desert reservoir. In: Hydrobiologia. 1977 ; Vol. 53, No. 2. pp. 117-129.
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