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Diatom succession in an urban reservoir system

By Christopher M. Donar, Robert K. Neely and Eugene F. Stoermer


A 43 cm by 5 cm diameter sediment core sample was obtained from Ford Lake reservoir in Washtenaw County, Michigan, and sectioned at 1 cm intervals. The purpose of this study was to determine whether diatom communities in this reservoir have undergone quantifiable changes in abundance and composition since its creation. Thirty-one cm of this core appeared to represent material deposited since the creation of the reservoir based on changes in diatom abundance, the physical composition of the sediment and the change in biogenic SiO 2 concentration. Fortyseven species of diatoms were identified total concentrations of diatom remains varied from 1×10 4 g -1 to 1×10 7 g -1 . Prior to the establishment of the reservoir, the diatom flora was dominated by benthic taxa. Benthic diatoms were numerous throughout the entire core, but eutrophic taxa (e.g., Aulacoseira italica, Aulacoseira granulata, Stephanodiscus niagarae, Fragilaria crotonensis ) dominated much of the core after the reservoir's creation. Total diatom density increased about tenfold in the about the first 10–15 years after the reservoir's creation before declining markedly

Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers; Springer Science+Business Media
Year: 1996
DOI identifier: 10.1007/BF00213043
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