Meromictic lake

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A meromictic lake has layers of water that do not intermix.Wetzel, Robert G. (2001). Limnology: Lake and River Ecosystems (Third Edition) (Academic Press, New York). ISBN 978-0127447605. In ordinary, "holomictic" lakes, at least once each year there is a physical mixing of the surface and the deep waters. This mixing can be driven by wind, which creates waves and turbulence at the lake's surface, but wind is only effective at times of the year when the lake's deep waters are not much colder or warmer than its surface waters.

The term "meromictic" was coined by the Austrian Ingo Findenegg in 1935, apparently based on the older word "holomictic". The concepts and terminology used in describing meromictic lakes were essentially complete following some additions by G. Evelyn Hutchinson in 1937.Hakala, Anu (2004). Boreal Environmental Research Vol. 9, pp. 37-53.Findenegg, Ingo (1935). "Limnologische Untersuchungen im Kärntner Seengebiete. Ein Beitrag zur Kenntnis des Stoffhaushaltes in Alpenseen," Internationale Revue der Gesamte Hydrobiologie Vol. 32, pp. 369-423; as cited by Hakala (2004).Hutchinson, G. Evelyn (1937). "A contribution to the limnology of arid regions," Transactions of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences Vol. 33, 47-132, as cited by Hakala...
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