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TitleUsing geological history of the Laurentian Great Lakes to better understand their future
AuthorLewis, C F MORCID logo; Rea, D K; Hubeny, J B; Thompson, T A; Blasco, S M; King, J W; Reddin, M; Moore, T C, Jr.
SourceAquatic Ecosystem Health and Management vol. 13, no. 2, 2010 p. 118-126,
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20070274
PublisherInforma UK Limited
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
AreaGreat Lakes; Lake Ontario; Lake Huron; Lake Erie; Lake Michigan; Lake Superior; Canada; United States of America
Lat/Long WENS-92.0000 -76.0000 49.5000 41.0000
Subjectshydrogeology; surficial geology/geomorphology; glacial history; deglaciation; limnology; lake sediments; lake water depths; lakes; lake water; hydrologic environment; Huron Basin; Quaternary
Illustrationslocation maps; photographs; graphs; plots
ProgramEnhancing resilience in a changing climate
AbstractWith growing use of numerical models to forecast lake conditions under future climates and other stressors, paleo-events in the history of the Great Lakes have greater potential for relevance. Past events and history may extend records of observations, provide estimates of the sensitivity of the lake system to stressing conditions, and contribute scenarios for model validation. Here we describe four examples that hold promise for improving understanding of the present and future Great Lakes: 1) using an event of lake closure to derive climate-hydrology sensitivity, 2) extending the record of lake-level history by examining beach ridge sequences, 3) investigating sedimentary black bands to indicate past anoxia at the lakebed in deep basins, and 4) deriving evidence of lake process teleconnections with atmospheric circulation.

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