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Title: Chemical composition of the small rivers of the north-western part of Lake Tanganyika
Authors: Kimbadi, S ×
Vandelannoote, A
Deelstra, H
Mbemba, M
Ollevier, Frans #
Issue Date: Jul-1999
Publisher: Kluwer academic publ
Series Title: Hydrobiologia vol:407 pages:75-80
Abstract: The chemical composition of water in 13 small rivers of the north-western part of Lake Tanganyika was studied over a 15-month period. The factors influencing the water chemistry were studied by cluster analysis. On the basis of major ion concentrations three groups of rivers could be identified. Ionic differences between the groups depended on source altitude which was strongly related to pH, water temperature, conductivity, nutrient content and weathering intensity of dolomite - and pyrite-containing bedrock. These results are in agreement with the riverine inputs of nitrogen to Lake Tanganyika calculated by Hecky et al. (1991), but are ca. 30% lower than their estimated inputs of phosphorus and silicon.
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ISSN: 0018-8158
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation Section
× corresponding author
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