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Impacts of the 1988 wildfires on the water quality of Yellowstone and Lewis lakes, Wyoming

Author(s): R. G. Lathrop
Year Published: 1994

The objective of this paper is to examine whether the severity and great extent of the 1988 Yellow-stone fires impacted the water quality of two of Yellowstone's major lakes. Analysis of water quality records for Yellowstone and Lewis Lakes collected over a fifteen year period (1976-1991) have shown only a minimal shift in lake water quality following the fires. Though 25 percent of their watersheds were heavily burned, these lakes appear to be large enough to dilute increased inputs and have experienced few lasting effects from the 1988 fires. The relative importance of land-water interactions in affecting the water quality of Yellowstone's large lakes must be viewed in the context of a multitude of other factors, including changing atmospheric deposition and hydrothermal inputs.

Citation: Lathrop Jr., RG. 1994. Impacts of the 1988 wildfires on the water-quality of Yellowstone and Lewis Lakes, Wyoming. International Journal of Wildland Fire 4(3):169-175. https://doi.org/10.1071/WF9940169
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Water
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 18576
FRAMES RCS number: 35593
TTRS (Tall Timbers Research Station) Number: 9896
Record updated: Nov 26, 2018