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Main Title Sedimentation Rates and Depositional Processes in Lake Superior from 210Pb Geochronology.
Author Evans, J. E. ; Johnson, T. C. ; Alexander, Jr., E. C. ; Lively, R. S. ; Eisenreich, S. J. ;
CORP Author Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Dept. of Geology and Geophysics. ;Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Limnological Research Center. ;Minnesota Geological Survey, St. Paul.;Environmental Research Lab.-Duluth, MN.;National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Year Published 1981
Report Number CONTRIB-1038; EPA-R-806084 ;NSF-OCE78-08166; EPA-600/J-81-664;
Stock Number PB84-124221
Additional Subjects Sedimentation ; Lake Superior ; Sampling ; Deposition ; Abnormalities ; Rates(Per time) ; Lead isotopes ; Geochronology ; Shores ; Erosion ; Cores ; Pollution ; Reprints ; Lead 210
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB84-124221 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 15p
Sedimentation rates range from 0.01 to 0.32 cm/yr in 17 sediment box cores from Lake Superior, as determined by (210)Pb geochronology. Shoreline erosion and resuspension of nearshore sediments causes moderate to high (0.05-0.11 cm/yr) sedimentation rates in the western arm of Lake Superior. Sedimentation rates are very high (greater than 0.15 cm/yr) in marginal bays adjoining Lake Superior; and moderate to very high (0.07-0.19 cm/yr) in open lake regions adjacent to marginal bays. Resuspension of nearshore and shoal top sediments in southern and southeastern Lake Superior by storms is responsible for depositional anomalies of (210)Pb profiles corresponding to 1905, 1916-1918, and 1940 storms. Sedimentation rates are very low (0.01-0.03 cm/yr) in the central basins due to isolation from sediment sources. These data indicate that sedimentation rates and processes vary significantly in different regions of Lake Superior.