Lake development in the boreal peatlands of southeastern Labrador, Canada.

D. R. Engstrom

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Aerial and ground observations of the peatlands of southeastern Labrador reveal shallow circular lakes that apparently formed by the coalescence of fen pools and small lake basins through the degradation of intervening peak deposits. Geomorphic evidence suggests that lake development proceeds through three stages: initial deepening and enlargement of pools through peat decomposition, shoreline stablization by ice-ramparts, and formation of compound lakes through the fusion of adjacent basins. This process is not dependent on permafrost, which is absent from the region. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)447-452
Number of pages6
JournalArctic & Alpine Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984


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