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Çullaj, A; Duka, S; Emiri, A; Koni, E; Miho, A; Murtaj, B; Shumka, S; Bachofen, R; Schanz, F; Brandl, H (2011). Limnological study on a newly built drinking water reservoir near Tirana, Albania. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 182(1-4):215-232.

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Bovilla Lake is a reservoir constructed 12 years ago for supplying the city of Tirana (Albania) mainly with drinking water. It has a surface area of 4.6 km2, a maximum depth of originally 60 m and is monomictic with a stratification period from early spring to end of October. The lake is oligotrophic with low nutrient concentrations (e.g. SRP in spring about 8 μg L − 1) and minor oxygen depletion in the hypolimnion during thermal stagnation. The lake is highly turbid due to severe particle import by several rivers during rain periods. This led to a massive deposition of sediments, lifting the maximum depth to 45 m in 2008. Furthermore, the photic zone reached hardly more than 10 m. Algal species diversity is high; however, diatoms from the genus Cyclotella dominate most of the year both in numbers and biomass. Our study describes for the first time the hydrography and limnology of the Bovilla Reservoir.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Plant Biology
07 Faculty of Science > Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center
Dewey Decimal Classification:580 Plants (Botany)
Deposited On:17 Feb 2011 18:27
Last Modified:04 Dec 2013 16:56
Publisher DOI:10.1007/s10661-010-1871-z
PubMed ID:21229301

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