An overview of the recent palaeolimnology of selected lakes in the Romanian Carpathians

Simon M. HUTCHINSON, Olusola AKINYEMI, Marcel MINDRESCU, James J. ROTHWELL

Abstract


Lakesediments can act as sensitive monitors of environmental change and human impacts. The Romanian Carpathians hold a significant number of glacial lakes and transverse a region of considerable environmental concerns, but relatively sparse environmental data and little recent lake sediment based research. Findings from selected lakes in two of the highest sections of these mountains inRomaniaare presented. In addition the palaeolimnological record held in the surficial sediments of other lower elevations sites in theEastern Carpathiansis also discussed. These sites are situated in contrasting sites comprising a volcanic crater lake (Lacul Sfânta Ana,HarghitaMountains) and a lake dammed by land sliding (Lacul Iezer-Feredeu, Obcina Feredeului). 


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4316/GEOREVIEW.2011.0.0.180