Geography Publications and Other Works

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Kappelle, M. and Horn, S.P. (Eds.), Páramos de Costa Rica. Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica: Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad, INBio.

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Book Chapter

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More than 30 lakes of glacial origin exist within the Chirripó páramo in the Cordillera de Talamanca of Costa Rica. This chapter describes the geomorphic setting and physical and chemical limnology of 19 lakes located between 3450-3570 m elevation in the upper basins of five glaciated valleys. All lakes are clear, dilute, and apparently polymictic. Water chemistry data from 1998, 2000, and 2001 are similar from lake to lake and year to year, and are consistent with sparse prior measurements between 1966 and 1991. However, the lake water temperatures we have measured are much higher than those reported by earlier researchers, possibly indicating a change in climate in the páramo.

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