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Physical and chemical characteristics of three acidic, oligotrophic lakes and their watersheds in Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia

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Abstract

Southwestern Nova Scotia receives acidic precipitation (average pH 4.5 to 4.6), and there are many waterbodies that are susceptible to acidification. This study characterizes the physical and chemical features of three remote, oligotrophic lakes and their watersheds in this region, in order to provide baseline information against which assessments can be made of changes caused by atmospheric depositions. Two of the lakes are small (<0.5 km2) and on headwater watersheds: Beaverskin Lake has an almost completely forested watershed and is moderately acidic and clear (pH 5.3, 5 Hazen units), while the watershed of Pebbleloggitch Lake is about 2/3 forested and 1/3 covered by a Sphagnum-heath bog, and its water is very acidic and highly colored (pH 4.3, 87 Hazen units). Kejimkujik Lake is much larger, its watershed is mostly forested but also contains some boggy terrain, its water is intermediate in acidity and color (pH 4.9, 65 Hazen units), and because it drains a much larger area of watershed it has relatively large concentrations of Ca, Mg, Na, Cl, and SO4.

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Kerekes, J., Freedman, B., Beauchamp, S. et al. Physical and chemical characteristics of three acidic, oligotrophic lakes and their watersheds in Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia. Water Air Soil Pollut 46, 99–117 (1989). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00192848

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  • Color
  • Precipitation
  • Acidity
  • Chemical Characteristic
  • Atmospheric Deposition