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Lakes & ponds--Minnesota; Itasca, Lake (Minn.)


ABS1RACT-Lak~ Itasca, Minnes~ta is located within one of the more popular state parks. Since the turn of the centmy, loggmg, fire protection, and development within the watershed have put modest pressures on the ecosystem. The presence of the University of Minnesota's Biological and Forestry Station on the lake has encouraged research in this region. Consequently there are numerous research reports and papers which are available _at the station's library. We examined data collected over the past 25 years to see if we could detect changes ~~ the lake. We detected no changes in phytoplankton, macrophyte, zooplankton, or zoobenthos com~urnues, but ch~ges have ?ccu_rred in four species of the fish community-bluegill, walleye, black crapp~e an? northern pike. There 1s evidence for warmer temperatures during a critical period (May) for most aquatic animals. If true it will affect the biotic interactions to the extent of shifting the equilibrium of the lake.

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