Eutrophication, Silica Depletion, and Predicted Changes in Algal Quality in Lake Michigan

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Science  30 Jul 1971:
Vol. 173, Issue 3995, pp. 423-424
DOI: 10.1126/science.173.3995.423


Accelerated eutrophication stimulated by pollution inputs is causing silica depletion in the surface waters of Lake Michigan during summer stagnation. Limitation of the reproduction of the presently dominant phytoplankton organisms, which require silica, may lead to drastic and, on the whole, undesirable changes in the ecosystem.