Kalamalka Lake is by far the least productive of the mainstem lakes in the Okanagan drainage basin. It is also the only lake that experiences a very active calcium carbonate depositional cycle during the summer stratification season. The relationship between precipitation of calcium carbonate and low productivity has been covered quite extensively in the literature. This paper is intended to show that sufficient calcium carbonate is precipitated from the trophogenic zone each year to suggest that the calcite cycle has probably been an important factor in perpetuating the "unproductive" nature of this lake.
BC Ministry of Environment. 1973. Kalamalka Lake Productivity. BC Ministry of Environment
Keywords: Kalamalka Lake, productivity, drainage basin
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