By Thomas D. Brock
Lake Mendota has usually been known as "the so much studied lake on the planet. " starting within the "classic" interval of limnology within the overdue nineteenth century and carrying on with in the course of the current time, this lake has been the topic of a wide selection of stories. even though lots of those reviews were released in obtainable journals, an important quantity have seemed in neighborhood monographs and reviews, ephemeral files, or poorly disbursed journals. up to now, there was no try at an artificial remedy ofthe colossal volume of labor that has been released. One motive of the current e-book is to give a com prehensive compilation of the foremost early stories on Lake Mendota and to check how they impinge on vital present-day organic questions. additionally, this ebook provides a precis of box and laboratory paintings conducted in my very own laboratory over a interval of approximately 6 years and exhibits the place correlations with previous paintings exist. The e-book will be ofinterest to limnologists needing a prepared connection with facts and released papers in this very important lake, to biogeochemists, ocean ographers, and low-temperature geochemists attracted to lakes as version sys tems for worldwide approaches, and to lake managers drawn to figuring out momentary and long term alterations in lake platforms. even if the most important thrust ofthe current publication is ecologicaland environmental, adequate history has been offered on different elements ofLake Mendota's limnology in order that the booklet must also be necessary to nonbiologists.
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Extra resources for A Eutrophic Lake: Lake Mendota, Wisconsin
D. Thesis University of Wisconsin, Madison. M. 1973. Detailed time variations in mean temperature and heat content of some Madison lakes. Limnology and Oceanography, 218-226. M. D. Hasler. 1972. Limnology of some Madison lakes: annual cycles. Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences. Arts and Letters, 40: 87-123. R. B. Carter. 1958. Water balance maps ofeastern North America. e. 3. Chemistry and nutrient loading Lake Mendota is a typical hard-water lake whose chemistry has been significantly modified by eutrophication.
Annual precipitation at Madison has varied from a high of over 100 cm/yr to a low of 35 cm/yr. Hydrologic drought, defined by Mitchell as a cond ition in which the annual precipitation is one standard deviation less than the mean, has occurred in Madison in the years 1895, 1902, 1938, 1955, 1958, 1963, 1965, and 1976. This marked variation in precipitation makes difficult the determination of a water budget for the lake (see below). Water is lost to the atmosphere by evapotranspiration, a process that occurs predominantly in the warm period of the year.
1936. The Dam at the Outlet of Lake Mendota. pp. 17-19 In: Lake Mendota Origin and History, The Technical Club of Madison, Madison, Wisconsin. , R. Bryson and B. Lettau. 1960. Some observations of currents in the hypolimnion of Lake Mendota. Limnology and Oceanography, 5: 409-413. C. 1979. Dane County Water Quality Plan Appendix B: Water Quality Conditions; Appendix H: Lake Management. Dane County Regional Planning Commission, Madison, WI. R. 1977. A device for measuring seepage flux in lakes and esturaries.