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Palaeohydrological modelling of Ace Lake, Vestfold Hills, Antarctica


Roberts, D and Roberts, JL and Gibson, JAE and McMinn, A and Heijnis, H, Palaeohydrological modelling of Ace Lake, Vestfold Hills, Antarctica, The Holocene, 9, (5) pp. 515-520. ISSN 0959-6836 (1999) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1191/095968399672424476


The major influences on the salinity and water level of an Antarctic lake are parameterized and a palaeohydrological model linking the palaeosalinity of an Antarctic lake to the palaeohydrology of the lake is developed. Climatic change in this lake is recorded in the evaporative loss trend reconstructed from water level and lakewater salinity estimates. A decrease in salinity between ~700 and 200 years BP corresponds with c. 5 m increase in water level over the same time period. Both water level and lakewater salinity then stabilize in the last ~200 years BP. The palaeohydrological model derived from the changes inferred in salinity and water level shows that there is no significant change in evaporation for the last ~700 years but that a lower evaporation period is evident at ~150-200 years BP suggestive of a mild 'Little Ice Age' event in the Vestfold Hills.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Palaeoecology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Roberts, D (Dr Donna Roberts)
UTAS Author:Roberts, JL (Dr Jason Roberts)
UTAS Author:McMinn, A (Professor Andrew McMinn)
ID Code:16664
Year Published:1999
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:IASOS
Deposited On:1999-08-01
Last Modified:2000-06-21

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