Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Hydrologie

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 169–176 | Cite as

MELIMEX, an experimental heavy metal pollution study: Goals, experimental design and major findings

  • René Gächter
Article

Abstract

It was the goal of the interdisciplinary research project MELIMEX to study ecological consequences of increased heavy metal loadings on limnic ecosystems. A detailed description of the limno-corrals (diameter 12 m, depth 10 m water flow through rate 11.5 m3/day) used in this study is presented. Since the physico-chemical environment must have a direct bearing on the results of such an experiment a brief description of Lake Baldegg, in which the experiments were conducted is given and conditions in which limno-corrals differ from natural systems are discussed. Furthermore the major findings of the various MELIMEX studies are briefly summarized.

Keywords

Heavy Metal Phytoplankton Periphyton Growth Heavy Metal Load Phytoplankton Standing Crop 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • René Gächter
    • 1
  1. 1.Institutes of Technology (ETH)Swiss Federal Institute for Water Resources and Water Pollution Control (EAWAG) at Swiss FederalKastanienbaumSwitzerland

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