Evaporation from April 2005 through October 2007 at two central Florida lakes, one close to the Gulf of Mexico and one in the center of the peninsula, was 4.043 and 4.111 meters (m), respectively; evaporation for 2006 was 1.534 and 1.538 m, respectively. Although annual evaporation rates at the two lakes were similar, there were monthly differences between the two lakes because of changes in stored heat; the shallower Lake Calm (mean depth 3 m) stored less heat and exchanged heat more rapidly than the deeper Lake Starr (mean depth 5 m).
Both lakes are seepage lakes (no surface-water inflow or outflows) that are dependent on groundwater inflow from their basins to offset an atmospheric deficit, because long-term rainfall in this area is less than evaporation. The Lake Starr basin, where sandy, well-drained ridges surround the lake, has a greater capacity to store infiltrating rain than the Lake Calm basin, which is flat and has poorly drained soils. The storage capacities of the basins affect groundwater exchange with the lakes. Rainfall and net groundwater exchange, which is related to basin characteristics, varied more between these two lakes than did evaporation during this study.
Swancar, Amy, 2015, Comparison of evaporation at two central Florida lakes, April 2005–November 2007: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report
2015–1075, 16 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151075.
ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)
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Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||Comparison of evaporation at two central Florida lakes,
April 2005–November 2007
|Series title||Open-File Report|
|Publisher||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Publisher location||Reston, VA|
|Description||Report: iv, 16 p.; Appendix 1|
|Time Range Start||2005-04-01|
|Time Range End||2007-11-01|
|County||Hillsborough County, Polk County|
|Other Geospatial||Lake Calm, Lake Starr|
|Online Only (Y/N)||Y|
|Additional Online Files (Y/N)||Y|