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Main Title Climatically Induced Rapid Acidification of a Softwater Seepage Lake.
Author Webster, K. E. ; Newell, A. D. ; Baker, L. A. ; Brezonik, P. L. ;
CORP Author Corvallis Environmental Research Lab., OR. ;Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, Madison. ;NSI Technology Services Corp., Corvallis, OR. ;Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis.
Publisher c1990
Year Published 1990
Report Number EPA/600/J-90/295;
Stock Number PB91-146514
Additional Subjects Water pollution ; Acidification ; Water chemistry ; Lakes ; Climatic changes ; Air water interactions ; Air pollution ; Sulfur dioxide ; pH ; Acid rain ; Deposition ; Hydrology ; Michigan ; Temporal distribution ; Reprints ; Acid neutralizing capacity
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NTIS  PB91-146514 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
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To establish a relationship between levels of atmospheric pollutants such as SO2 and the acid-base chemistry of lakes is an important but elusive goal of studies on acid precipitation. But the direct effect of acid deposition on the acid-neutralizing capacity (ANC) of lake waters is difficult to isolate, because rates of change of the latter are small and ANC is also influenced by other factors. The authors report here the observation of changes in the ANC of a seepage lake in Michigan driven by the effects of drought on the local hydrology. While levels of acidic wet deposition at the lake remained at a constant, moderate level over a five-year period, a rapid, major loss of ANC occurred because of changes in the input of ANC-rich groundwater. Thus even modest climate fluctuations can have substantial affect on lake chemistry, and must be taken into account when interpreting temporal trends. Sustained drought conditions might similarly alter the acidbase chemistry of other softwater systems. (Copyright (c) Macmillan Magazines Ltd., 1990.)