, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 335-345
Date: 01 Jul 2008

Chironomids (Diptera: Chironomidae) in lakes of central Yakutia and their indicative potential for paleoclimatic research

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A study of chrionomid fauna was carried out in two regions of central Yakutia. Fossilized remnants of head capsules were sampled from shallow layers of the bottom sediments of lakes. Seventy five taxa of chironomids have been determined. Statistical analysis shows that the spatial distribution of chironomid taxa in the study regions is mainly controlled by ions of aluminium and magnesium, mean July temperature, transparency and content of oxygen in water. The obtained results serve as the base for development of a chironomid temperature model used for reconstruction of Holocene and Pleistocene paleotemperatures of the Russian North.

Original Russian Text © L.B. Nazarova, L.A. Pestryakova, L.A. Ushnitskaya, H.-W. Hubberten, 2008, published in Sibirskii Ekologicheskii Zhurnal, 2008, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 141–150.