Aquatic Geochemistry

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 313–328 | Cite as

Seasonal variations of zinc in a eutrophic lake

  • Laura Sigg
  • David Kistler
  • Markus M. Ulrich


Depth profiles of dissolved zinc were measured monthly over one year in Lake Greifen, a eutrophic lake. The concentrations are in the range 10–40 nM and show systematic variations over time and depth. Due to the increased binding to particles and subsequent settling, concentrations of zinc in the epilimnion decrease during summer stagnation. Clear correlations between Zn and major nutrients (P, Si) are, however, not observed in the water column. No accumulation of Zn occurs in the anoxic hypolimnion. The Zn sedimentation is related to the sedimentation of algae and of manganese oxide. A mass-balance calculation shows that 87% of the Zn input is retained in the sediments of Lake Greifen.

Key words

zinc eutrophic lake sedimentation mass-balance model trace elements depth profiles 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura Sigg
    • 1
  • David Kistler
    • 1
  • Markus M. Ulrich
    • 1
  1. 1.Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (EAWAG)DübendorfSwitzerland

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