Geological development of a gypsum lake formed at the beginning of the 2oth century in central Sicily, Italy: Integration of historical data with modern survey techniques

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Abstract

A limnological investigation was carried out on the small, endorheic lake, called Lake Sfondato, located in central Sicily (Italy). All the aquatic environments in the central part of the island are rich in salt, with conductivity values above 5 mS cm−1, and are characterized by high alkalinity values and hard waters. In addition, due to intensive agriculture, many of these ecosystems have experienced a strong anthropogenic eutrophication over the last decades. In order to better understand the functioning ofthese peculiar environments, the morphology, hydrology, and geochemistry, as well as several selected physical and biological characteristics of Lake Sfondato, were studied in the years 2003 and 2004. The results showed that the water body is characterized by meromixis, with permanent water stratification. This condition reduces the eutrophication processes within the lake, which have kept the trophic conditions constant over the last 50 yr.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)333-347
Numero di pagine15
RivistaCHEMISTRY AND ECOLOGY
Volume22
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2006

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Sicily
gypsum
Italy
lakes
lake
eutrophication
meromixis
trophic conditions
intensive agriculture
intensive farming
biological characteristics
geochemistry
alkalinity
aquatic environment
methodology
hydrology
body water
stratification
conductivity
salt

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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