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Comparison of the macrophyte communities of a clearwater and a brownwater oligotrophic lake in Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia


Beaverskin and Pebbleloggitch Lakes are small, proximate, acidic, oligotrophic, headwater lakes located in southwestern Nova Scotia. Beaverskin Lake has clear water, its euphotic zone is deep, and it has extensive beds of macrophytic vegetation that cover most of its bottom to a depth of 6.5 m. In contrast, the water of Pebbleloggitch Lake is highly colored by dissolved humic substances, and macrophytes are restricted to a narrow littoral fringe in depths of less than about 1.8 m. The most widespread macrophyte community in Beaverskin Lake occurs at depths of 2.0–6.5 m and is dominated by Sphagnum macrophyllum and Utricularia vulgaris, while the second most prominent community is littoral and is dominated by Eriocaulon septangulare, Lobelia dortmanna, and Eleocharis acicularis. The most prominent community in Pebbleloggitch Lake is dominated by the floating-leaved Nuphar variegatum rooted as deep as 1.8 m, while communities dominated by E. septangulare and Sphagnum spp. occur in water less than about 0.7 m deep.

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Stewart, C.C., Freedman, B. Comparison of the macrophyte communities of a clearwater and a brownwater oligotrophic lake in Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia. Water Air Soil Pollut 46, 335–341 (1989).

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  • Macrophyte
  • Clear Water
  • Nova Scotia