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Mirror LakeInteractions among Air, Land, and Water$
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Thomas Winter

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520261198

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520261198.001.0001

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Mirror Lake: Past, Present, and Future

Mirror Lake: Past, Present, and Future

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(p.300) (p.301) 6 Mirror Lake: Past, Present, and Future
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Mirror Lake
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Gene E. Likens

James W. Labaugh

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520261198.003.0006

This chapter discusses the hydrological and biogeochemical characteristics of Mirror Lake and the changes that resulted from air-land-water interactions and human activities. Since the formation of Mirror Lake, both the watershed and the lake have undergone many changes, such as vegetation development and basin filling. These changes are ongoing, and Mirror Lake is continuing along an aging pathway and ultimately, it will fill with sediment and no longer be a lake. The chapter also identifies major factors that affected the hydrology and biogeochemistry of Mirror Lake: acid rain, atmospheric deposition of lead and other heavy metals, increased human settlement around the lake, the construction of an interstate highway through the watershed of the Northeast Tributary, the construction of an access road through the West and Northeast watersheds to the lake, and climate change. The chapter also offers future recommendations for management and protection of Mirror Lake.

Keywords:   Mirror Lake, watershed, vegetation, basin filling, acid rain, atmospheric deposition, human settlement, climate change

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