The lakes of Michoacan (Mexico): A brief history and alternative point of view.
Freshwater Forum, 10,
This article is intended to open a discussion about the historical development of lakes Zirahuen, Patzcuaro and Cuitzeo in the state of Michoacan, and the postulated relationships between lake ecology and evolution. Dr Fernando De Buen was the first man dedicated to limnology in Mexico who came to the country in the 1930s. He was adviser at the Estacion Limnologica de Patzcuaro and wrote outstanding papers dealing with Mexican lakes. The lakes of Michoacan probably formed in the late Pliocene or Holocene, and were part of a tributary to the Lerma River, which became isolated by successive volanic barriers to form lake basins. Lake Zirahuen is a warm monomictic waterbody with unique water dynamics amongst the Michoacan lakes. Because it is relatively deep (max depth 40m), seasonal patterns of alternating circulation and thermal stratification develop in the lake, a feature not shared by the other two polymictic shallow lakes, Patzcuaro and Cuitzeo.
||The lakes of Michoacan (Mexico): A brief history and alternative point of view
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||Freshwater Biological Association
||Freshwater ecology; Geological history; Mexico; Michoacan
Hardy B Schwamm
||25 Nov 2010 12:22
||29 Sep 2011 16:11
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