Title

Water quality changes in Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island, Australia: a Palaeolimnological approach

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Hembrow, SC & Taffs, KH 2012, 'Water quality changes in Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island, Australia: a Palaeolimnological approach', Australian Geographer, vol. 43, no. 3, pp. 291-302.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00049182.2012.706207

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

Surface water resources are highly valued for their ecological services and functions. However, their quality is under threat from anthropogenic activities and climate change. A detailed understanding of natural aquatic conditions and variability is rare. This is particularly the case in Australia where the variable climate produces significant ecological changes within natural thresholds and few long-term environmental data sets exist. Palaeoecology represents a means to identify natural fluctuations of aquatic ecosystems and provide long-term data for effective environmental management. This study uses a palaeoecological approach to identify biological and sediment changes in Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island, Australia. A sediment core was extracted from the lake and the fossil diatom assemblage and sediment particle size analysed. Inferred environmental changes were detected throughout the core that pre-date European impacts. The likely causes of these changes are climatic oscillations. Further dating is required to establish a detailed chronological record and identify the timing of detected environmental change at Lake McKenzie.