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1 Lake Mixing: Density

2 Thermal Stratification Epilimnion Hypolimnion

3 Seasonal Stratification

4 Thin ice?

5 Field Trip Results

6 Chemistry-Physics-Biology Linkage

7 Significance of Stratification Unstratified, Single CSTR (CMFR) Stratified 2 CSTRs with feedback

8 Upwelling

9 Nutrient Limitation The growth of algae and higher aquatic plants in lakes is regulated by conditions of light and temperature and the availability of those inorganic nutrients required to support growth. The element most often in limiting supply is phosphorus, P. C CC OO O O PP PP PP CC CC C C CCC OOOO OOOO OOOO C CC OO O O PP + O O O O C C C

10 Eutrophication P

11 Effects of Eutrophication Oligotrophic 1.Low biomass 2.High diversity 3.Complex food web 4.Oxic waters 5.Cold-water fish present 6.High aesthetic quality 7.No taste or odor problems Eutrophic 1.High biomass 2.Low diversity 3.Simple food chain 4.Anoxic bottom waters 5.Cold-water fish absent 6.Low aesthetic quality 7.Taste and odor problems 8.Rough fish abundant 9.Toxic algae present

12 Oxygen supply Surface mass transport Vertical mass transport Hypolimnetic oxygen demand

13 Onondaga Lake: “most polluted lake in U.S.A.”

14 Biogeochemistry: study of the interactions of biology, geology, chemistry, physics

15 Water Reservoirs

16 Hydrologic Cycle


18 Biogeochemical Cycles

19 Carbon Cycle

20 Another view of the carbon cycle CO 2 Organic C CH 4 Respiration Photosynthesis Methanogenesis Methane oxidation

21 Nitrogen Cycle

22 Human perturbations to N Cycle

23 L. Superior Mississippi R.

24 N 2 O Emissions: 310 x greenhouse effect of CO 2 U.S. Emissions increased 1.1% in 1990s 30% of anthropogenic emissions occur in “coastal” areas No reliable estimates of emissions from Great Lakes

25 93.592.591.5 90.589.5 Longitude (deg.) 28.5 29.0 29.5 30.0 Latitude (deg.) July 23-28, 1999, Shelfwide Oxygen Survey Bottom Dissolved Oxygen Less than 2.0 mg/L Atchafalaya R. Mississippi R. (Rabalais, Turner & Wiseman) 50 km Terrebonne Bay Sabine L. L. Calcasieu Gulf of Mexico Hypoxic Zone

26 Eutrophication Eutrophication: the process of becoming or being made eutrophic Eutrophic: the state of being enriched in nutrients or food sources In aquatic ecosystems, eutrophication is caused by excessive inputs of nutrients, both N & P. Generally, freshwaters are P-limited and coastal estuarine waters are N-limited. The nutrients enhance algal growth, and this, in turn, may have a cascade of effects on the ecosystem. These effects may include: algal blooms, growth of undesirable algal species, oxygen depletion or anoxia in bottom waters, loss of cold-water fish species, abundance of “rough fish”, fish kills, unpleasant tastes and odors.

27 Sources of nutrients Point sources –Sewage treatment plant discharges –Storm sewer discharges –Industrial discharges Non-point sources –Atmospheric deposition –Agricultural runoff (fertilizer, soil erosion) –Septic systems

28 Solution: Reduce nutrient inputs Agriculture –Reduce animal density, restrict timing of manure spreading, buffer strips by streams, reduced tillage, underground fertilizer application, wetland preservation and construction Watershed management –Buffer zones, wetland filters Storm runoff –Eliminate combined sewer systems (CSO’s) –Stormwater treatment required (holding ponds, alum) –Education on yard fertilization Erosion from construction, forestry –Erosion barriers, soil cover, road and bridge stabilization Septic systems –Distance from lake, adequate drainfields

29 Mitigation strategies Often there is pressure for quick actions that will reduce the severity of the symptoms. Numerous options exist. To understand these options and choose among them, one should understand the nutrient cycle within the aquatic system (lake).

30 P Cycle The P cycle may be manipulated in several ways to reduce the regeneration of inorganic P and its transport to the epilimnion or to reduce the algal uptake of P.

31 Within-lake actions Reduce algal growth –Apply algicide –Biomanipulation Reduce mineralization –Remove organic P before it is mineralized Dredging Macrophyte harvesting Reduce transport of inorg. P to epilimnion –Hypolimnetic water withdrawal

32 Macrophyte harvesting

33 Lake Phosphorus Cycle

34 Vollenweider Model Steady State Solution:

35 Terms to know: Epilimnion Hypolimnion Thermocline Metalimnion Oligotrophic Eutrophic Mesotrophic Oxygen sag curve Critical point Oxygen deficit Saturation Reaeration Deoxygenation Denitrification Nitrification Acid rain Mineralization Limiting nutrient Liebig’s Law Sulfate reduction Nitrogen fixation Hydrologic cycle Evapotranspiration Biogeochemical cycle Micronutrient Macronutrient

36 Review of previous terms: Biotic Abiotic Atmosphere Hydrosphere Lithosphere Biosphere Ecosphere Ecology Species Population Community Organism groups: viruses bacteria algae fungi protozoa rotifers microcrustaceans macrophytes macroinvertebrates fish Photosynthesis Chlorophyll Respiration Redox Reduction Oxidation Electron donor Electron acceptor Aerobes Obligate vs. facultative Anaerobic respiration Aerobic respiration anoxic Anaerobic Fermentation Autotroph Heterotroph Biomass Productivity Primary production Secondary production Lithotrophs Photoautotrophs Photoheterotrophs Chemoheterotrophs Chemoautotrophs ProducersConsumers HerbivoresCarnivores OmnivoresTrophic level Food chainFood web Microbial loopDecomposers

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