Historical Records of Changes in the Productivity of Lakes

  • Robert G. Wetzel
  • Gene E. Likens


Changes in climate and in the geomorphology of drainage basins in the past have altered water and nutrient budgets and, as a result, productiv­ity and rates of eutrophication of lake eco­systems. In many cases, human activites have accelerated greatly these changes, but on a much shorter time scale. A record of the resulting alterations in chemistry, flora, and fauna is left in the sediments as static derivatives of dynamic systems. Paleolimnology assesses the sedimen­tary record and the diagenetic processes that may alter it. An ultimate goal is to gain insight into the past conditions that caused a lake to enter a different level of productivity.


Sediment Core Drainage Basin Surficial Sediment Chlorophyll Derivative Tertiary Butyl Alcohol 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert G. Wetzel
    • 1
  • Gene E. Likens
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biology, College of Arts and SciencesUniversity of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Ecosystem StudiesThe New York Botanical Garden, Cary ArboretumMillbrookUSA

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