Title

Assessment of factors limiting algal growth in acidic pit lakes—a case study from Western Australia, Australia

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Springer Verlag

School

School of Science

RAS ID

21758

Comments

Originally published as : Kumar, R. Naresh (03.2016). "Assessment of factors limiting algal growth in acidic pit lakes—a case study from Western Australia, Australia". Environmental science and pollution research international (0944-1344), 23 (6), p. 5915-5924. Article found here

Abstract

Open-cut mining operations can form pit lakes on mine closure. These new water bodies typically have low nutrient concentrations and may have acidic and metal-contaminated waters from acid mine drainage (AMD) causing low algal biomass and algal biodiversity. A preliminary study was carried out on an acidic coal pit lake, Lake Kepwari, in Western Australia to determine which factors limited algal biomass. Water quality was monitored to obtain baseline data. pH ranged between 3.7 and 4.1, and solute concentrations were slightly elevated to levels of brackish water. Concentrations of N were highly relative to natural lakes, although concentrations of FRP (

DOI

10.1007/s11356-015-5829-0

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