Stability of Lakes near the Temperature of Maximum Density

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Science  06 Aug 1965:
Vol. 149, Issue 3684, pp. 632-633
DOI: 10.1126/science.149.3684.632


In deep lakes that are near the temperature of maximum density, stability is greatest when the decrease of temperature with depth is about one-half of the decrease in temperature of maximum density with depth. Observed temperature decreases in lakes under such conditions tend to follow the curve that produces greatest stability.