Carbon Flow in Four Lake Ecosystems: A Structural Approach

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Science  15 Dec 1978:
Vol. 202, Issue 4373, pp. 1183-1186
DOI: 10.1126/science.202.4373.1183


Direct and indirect carbon fluxes in lakes Marion (British Columbia), Findley (Washington), Wingra (Wisconsin), and Mirror (New Hampshire) are compared, using budgets and input-output analysis. Overall differences in carbon flow between the lakes are shown with cycling indices of .031, .108, .572, and .661, respectively. The results suggest that lake ecosystems may be considered unique aggregatins of similar components.