Water quality characteristics of six small lakes in Missouri: Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources.

Water-Resources Investigations Report 33
Prepared in cooperation with Missouri Department of Natural Resources: Division of Geology and Land Survey


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A study of six small lakes, representative of those in the major physiographic regions of Missouri, shows variation in physical. chemical, and biological characteristics related to their location in the Slate. For example, because of climatic differences, ice cover and winter stratification are more prevalent in northern Missouri. Summer stratification lasts about one month longer in the southern than in the northern part of the State. Because of the difference in geology. lake water in the Plains area is more mineralized than in the Ozarks. Different geology and land use generally account for more sedimentation of Plains Jakes. Lakes in the Plains area usually receive enough nutrients to be classified as mesouophic or eutrophic while those in the Ozarks receive less nutrients from natural sources and are often oligotrophic or mesotrophic. However, as seen from one of the study lakes, an oligotrophic lake can be made quite productive through the application of commercial fertilizers within the lake.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Water quality characteristics of six small lakes in Missouri: Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources.
Series title Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number 33
DOI 10.3133/wri33
Year Published 1976
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Missouri Water Science Center
Description vi, 42 p.
First page i
Last page 42
Country United States
State Missouri
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Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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