The isotopic composition of precipitation and river runoff in the vicinity of the North American Great Lakes is characterized by a higher deuterium-excess value than observed in the advecting air masses. It is suggested that this indicates that evaporated moisture from the surface waters is mixed with the atmosphere waters. A preliminary estimate of the atmospheric water balance during summer and autumn indicates that between 4.6%–15.7% of the atmospheric water content downwind from the Great Lakes is derived from lake evaporation during summer.
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|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||The contribution of evaporation from the Great Lakes to the continental atmosphere: estimate based on stable isotope data|
|Series title||Geophysical Research Letters|
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