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Mirror Lake: Past, present and future

November 1, 2009

This chapter discusses the hydrological and biogeochemical characteristics of Mirror Lake and the changes that resulted from air-land-water interactions and human activities. Since the formation of Mirror Lake, both the watershed and the lake have undergone many changes, such as vegetation development and basin filling. These changes are ongoing, and Mirror Lake is continuing along an aging pathway and ultimately, it will fill with sediment and no longer be a lake. The chapter also identifies major factors that affected the hydrology and biogeochemistry of Mirror Lake: acid rain, atmospheric deposition of lead and other heavy metals, increased human settlement around the lake, the construction of an interstate highway through the watershed of the Northeast Tributary, the construction of an access road through the West and Northeast watersheds to the lake, and climate change. The chapter also offers future recommendations for management and protection of Mirror Lake.

Publication Year 2009
Title Mirror Lake: Past, present and future
DOI 10.1525/california/9780520261198.003.0006
Authors Gene E. Likens, James W. LaBaugh
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 70004252
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Office of Ground Water