Comparative limnology of waters in a coniferous forest: is a generalisation possible?

Irfanullah, Haseeb and Moss, Brian (2005) Comparative limnology of waters in a coniferous forest: is a generalisation possible? Freshwater Forum, 24, pp. 59-81.

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Abstract

The high density of meres and mosses in the Delamere area comes from numerous moraine-hollows formed after the melting of stranded ice-blocks following last glaciation. The main vegetation is of conifers along with some deciduous species and the area was designated as a National Forest Park in 1987. It has been managed since the beginning of the 19th century and is a popular tourist area with walking, orienteering, cycling and educational activities. In recent years this forest park has been attracting over half a million people per year. This paper studies the limnology of different aquatic habitats in the Delamere Forest area in order to give some insight into the waters of a coniferous, temperate forest area, which has so far been largely unexplored. The authors assume therefore, thought that despite apparent large variability in origin, age, surface area, morphometry, catchment size and hydraulic regime, the waters of Delamere Forest might share some revealing chemical and biological features. Seven water-bodies in the Delamere Forest Park area, namely, Black Lake, Blakemere Moss, Delamere Lake, Delamere Quarry, Hatchmere, Windyhowe Farm Spring and Fir Brook were sampled, their water chemistry and dissolved organic carbon and the occurrence of phytoplankton and zooplankton species examined. In a final chapter the authors analyse their findings for patterns.

Item Type: Article
Title: Comparative limnology of waters in a coniferous forest: is a generalisation possible?
Personal Creator/Author:
CreatorsEmail
Irfanullah, Haseeb
Moss, Brian
Refereed: No
Journal or Publication Title: Freshwater Forum
Volume: 24
Page Range: pp. 59-81
Date: 2005
ISSN: 0961-4664
Issuing Agency: Freshwater Biological Association
Uncontrolled Keywords: Freshwater lakes; Environmental surveys; pH; Organic carbon; Phytoplankton; Zooplankton; Forests; England; Cheshire
Subjects: Ecology
Limnology
Item ID: 4714
Depositing User: Hardy B Schwamm
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2011 13:30
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 15:59
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/4714

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