Improved prediction of life expectancy for Himalayan lake: Nainital, U. P. India (1999)

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An attempt has been made to predict the life of Lake Nainital, a natural lake located in the Kumaun Himalaya with a fairly large human settlement around it. Sediment accumulation rates estimated by dating the lake sediment cores employing 210 Pb and 137 Cs dating techniques have been used for the purpose. The sediment accumulation rates estimated by radioisotope techniques are comparable to the rates obtained by the sediment balance method using suspended sediment data. The estimated useful life of the lake is about 2,200 years, which is much higher than the results obtained by earlier investigators who used short-term bathymetric data. In the present study, long-term (46 years) annual lake sounding data have also been analysed. Large bi-directional variations in the annual bathymetry imply that major errors are associated with the lake sounding data that led to the under-estimation of the life span of Lake Nainital by earlier investigators.
Year: 1999
Language: English
In: Mountain Research and Development, Vol.19, No. 2: 113-121 p.

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