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Limnology of Pavilion Lake, B. C., Canada - Characterization of a microbialite forming environment


Lim, DSS and Laval, BE and Slater, G and Antoniades, D and Forrest, AL and Pike, W and Pieters, R and Saffari, M and Reid, D and Schulze-Makuch, D and Andersen, D and McKay, CP, Limnology of Pavilion Lake, B. C., Canada - Characterization of a microbialite forming environment, Fundamental and Applied Limnology, 173, (4) pp. 329-351. ISSN 1863-9135 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1127/1863-9135/2009/0173-0329


The objectives of this study are two-fold: (1) to describe and quantify the seasonal physical and chemical limnological properties of Pavilion Lake, a microbialite-rich lake in British Columbia, Canada, and (2) to gain a broader limnological context of Pavilion Lake by examining the limnology and hydrology of the lakes and groundwater systems in the area (∼30 km radius). Pavilion Lake is a dimictic lake with annual ice-cover. It is a hard water (mean CaCO 3 = 181.8 mg L -1), ultra-oligotrophic (mean Total Phosphorus [TP] = 3.3 μg L -1) lake, that is groundwater fed most likely through diffuse, low velocity local and regional sources. Principal Components Analysis (PCA) separated Pavilion Lake from the other groundwater, stream and lake samples along a conductivity and pH gradient on Axis 1 (λ 1 =0.392), and a nutrient (Total Nitrogen [TN], TP) and K +, Mg 2+, Si gradient on the second axis (λ 2 = 0.160). Pavilion Lake has the lowest Ca 2+ and TP concentrations, and the highest Na + concentrations and optical transmissivity amongst all sampled sites. Furthermore, the lake is characterized by low sedimentation rates. These characteristics are potentially important factors in supporting the past and on-going development of microbialites within the lake. Our study provides a limnochemical reference to consider in the conceptualization of ideal environments supporting large-scale microbialites. © E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung 2009.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Groundwater systems; Hard water lake; Paleolimnology; Ultra-oligotrophic lake; calcium carbonate; cation; groundwater; hydrochemistry; ice cover; oligotrophic environment; paleolimnology; physicochemical property; principal component analysis
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Maritime engineering not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Forrest, AL (Dr Alexander Forrest)
ID Code:82349
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:35
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2013-01-25
Last Modified:2015-02-05

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