Plant nutrients and major ions in the Little Sea, Studland, Dorset

Stevens, Derek (1997) Plant nutrients and major ions in the Little Sea, Studland, Dorset. Freshwater Forum, 9, pp. 63-65.

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This short paper records some measurements made on the Little Sea, a shallow, coastal, acidic lake on Studland Heath, Dorset. The lake, formed about 100 years ago by dunes cutting off a sea inlet, has not received any input of agricultural fertilizers or other waste products for at least the last 30 years. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Samples of surface water were taken from the northern and southern ends of the lake at 3-monthly intervals, from July 1995 to April 1996. The first samples in July 1995 were taken during a period of drought; rain, sometimes very heavy, came in late September. With the exception of silicate, potassium and phosphate, there were no large changes in plant nutrient concentrations during the year. The concentration of nitrate-nitrogen was very low (close to the limits of analytical detection), but total phosphorus at ca. 30 mu g per litre was similar to concentrations found in some of the Cumbrian eutrophic lakes. The large number of algal species at low cell/colony concentrations suggested that the lake is mesotrophic. Sodium, chloride and magnesium in the lake water were close to the same proportions as those found in sea water. Dry and wet deposition of sea-salts on the lake surface and its catchment area probably is the major source of sodium, magnesium and chloride ions in the lake, and also accounts for about half of the mean potassium and sulphate concentrations.

Item Type: Article
Title: Plant nutrients and major ions in the Little Sea, Studland, Dorset
Personal Creator/Author:
Stevens, Derek
Refereed: No
Journal or Publication Title: Freshwater Forum
Volume: 9
Page Range: pp. 63-65
Date: 1997
ISSN: 0961-4664
Issuing Agency: Freshwater Biological Association
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chemical limnology; Lakes; Nitrates; Nutrients (mineral); Silicates; pH; England; Dorset
Subjects: Ecology
Item ID: 4586
Depositing User: Hardy B Schwamm
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2010 12:22
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 16:14

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