The individual response of saline lakes to a severe drought

Sarah Tweed, Michael Grace, Marc Leblanc, Ian Cartwright, Donna Smithyman

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    A severe protracted drought between 1997 and 2009 has altered the physical and chemical hydrology of a series of lakes in the Corangamite Basin of southeast Australia. Leading up to the drying out of most lakes (many for the first time on record), we document the changes in lakes water quantity (water levels and inundation), salinity (Cl concentrations), salinity processes (Cl/Br ratios), nutrient concentrations and ratios (ammonia, phosphate and NOx (nitrate and nitrite)) and algae (as chlorophyll-a) for six lakes. All lakes show record declines in inundated areas and increases in salinity from pre-drought (
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3919 - 3933
    Number of pages15
    JournalScience of the Total Environment
    Issue number19
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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