Mirror Lake: Past, present and future

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Edited by: Thomas C. Winter and Gene E. Likens



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.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Mirror Lake: Past, present and future
Chapter 6
DOI 10.1525/california/9780520261198.003.0006
Year Published 2009
Language English
Publisher University of California Press
Contributing office(s) Office of Ground Water
Description 29 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Mirror Lake: Interactions among air, land, and water
First page 300
Last page 328
Public Comments Freshwater ecology series
Country United States
State New Hampshire
Other Geospatial Mirror Lake, White Mountains
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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