Cieśliński, R., Major, M., Pietruszyński, L.

Seasonal variability in the supply of dissolved matter to catchments of basins without outlets in northern Poland, measured by selected physiochemical indicators

Abstract The aim of the study is to determine the seasonal variability in the size of dissolved matter supplied to selected kettle ponds located in the glacial areas of northern Poland, using selected physicochemical indicators. The study area consisted of the drainage basin of the Parsęta River and a small catchment of the Borucinka River that flows across the Kaszubskie Lake District in northern Poland. Measurements of pH, electrolytic conductivity, oxygenation, and water temperature were performed in the field. The concentration of Ca2+, Mg2+, Na+, K+, HCO3-, SO42-, Cl-, NH4+, NO3-, PO43- was measured in the laboratory. Also, the atmospheric precipitation was determined using automatic precipitation stations. Climate conditions served as the primary determinants of seasonal change in the supply of dissolved matter to basins without outlets in the drainage basin. This is especially true of atmospheric precipitation and the effects of vegetation in the contact zone between precipitation and the biosphere. In the case of biogenic substances, one of the main factors was the length of the vegetation season. The main determinant of the hydrochemical state of kettle ponds was land use.


Keywords northern Poland; plateau levels; basins without outlets; seasonal variances; dissolved matter; ions

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