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Comments on the so-called salt lakes of Greenland

Abstract

Most athalassic standing waters in Greenland have conductivities < 1 000 µmhos. Those with higher conductivities have salinities mostly < 3 g L−1; they are generally referred to as ‘saline’ within Greenland. Only a single water-body is known with a conductivity of > 10 000 µmhos. Saline waters have Na or Mg as dominant cations, and low concentrations of SO4. Their biota is very depauperate and apparently comprises a few salinity-tolerant elements of the local freshwater biota. There is no regional assemblage of halophilic species.

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Williams, W.D. Comments on the so-called salt lakes of Greenland. Hydrobiologia 210, 67–74 (1991). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00014323

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Key words

  • salt lakes
  • Greenland
  • athalassic
  • salinity
  • salt tolerance