Environmental History of Hovey Lake, Southwestern Indiana
Pollen, Floodplains, Oxbow lakes, Lakeshores, Fluvial channels, Fluvial deposition, Sediments, Prairies, Land clearing
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Studies of pollen stratigraphy in conjunction with available information on floodplain sedimentation and rates of channel migration indicate that Hovey Lake is a recent feature, having originated between 600 and 700 years ago. Land-use practices in the region have had a significant effect on rates of sedimentation in the lake. The pre-1830 rate was 0.74 cm/year; the post-1830 rate is 2.45 cm/year. During the history of the lake the regional forests have been constant in composition, while shoreline vegetation has changed appreciably. Cypress became abundant on the lakeshore about 150 years ago.
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Citation / Publisher Attribution
The American Midland Naturalist, v. 93, issue 1, p. 198-205
Scholar Commons Citation
Chrisman, Thomas L. and Whitehead, Donald R., "Environmental History of Hovey Lake, Southwestern Indiana" (1975). School of Geosciences Faculty and Staff Publications. 1766.