Patterns and Variation of Littoral Habitat Size Among Lakes

  title={Patterns and Variation of Littoral Habitat Size Among Lakes},
  author={David A. Seekell and B. B. Cael and Sven Norman and P{\"a}r Bystr{\"o}m},
  journal={Geophysical Research Letters},
The littoral zone varies in size among lakes from ∼3% to 100% of lake surface area. In this paper, we derive a simple theoretical scaling relationship that explains this variation, and test this theory using bathymetric data across the size spectra of freshwater lakes (surface area = 0.01–82,103 km2, maximum depth = 2–1,741 m). Littoral area primarily reflects the ratio of the maximum depth of photosynthesis to maximum lake depth. However, lakes that are similar in these characteristics can… 

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