Postsettlement eutrophication histories of six British Columbia (Canada) lakes

E. D. Reavie, J. P. Smol, N. B. Carmichael

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Paleolimnological analyses of diatoms were used to quantitatively assess eutrophication trends for the last 150 yr in six British Columbia lakes. A transfer function was used to infer past lake-water total phosphorus concentrations from the sedimentary diatom assemblages in 210Pb-dated sediment cores: all lakes had relatively high total phosphorus levels (>13 μg/L) prior to European settlement. Three lakes showed significant eutrophication since that time; the others were only mildly affected. Total phosphorus inferences using the transfer function satisfactorily estimated the modern total phosphorus concentrations of the six study lakes. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2388-2401
Number of pages14
JournalCanadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1995


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