Pienitz, R., Smol, J.P. and Lean, D.R.S. 1997. Physical and chemical limnology of 59 lakes located between the southern Yukon and the Tuktoyaktuk Peninsula, Northwest Territories (Canada). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 54: 330-346.
- Water chemistry and other limnological data gathered for 59 lakes in the Yukon and the adjacent Northwest Territories (Canada) were interpreted using linear regression and principal components analysis. The study sites represent lakes from a wide range of ecoclimatic regions, spanning large latitudinal (60°37¢–69°35¢N) and altitudinal gradients (15–1387 m above sea level). Water samples collected from each lake were analysed for concentrations of major ions, trace metals, nutrients, and chlorophyll a. Most of the lakes were dilute (mean conductivity = 160 mS × cm–1) and slightly acidic to alkaline (pH range = 5.9–9.3). Their ionic composition varied from Ca–Cl–Na waters near the Arctic Ocean to Ca–HCO3 waters further inland, reflecting differences in local drainage basins and proximity to the sea. Arctic and alpine sites generally showed many similarities, but considerable differences in water chemistry were observed among sites in the interior of the Yukon Territory. These can be related mainly to differences in bedrock geology and catchment vegetation.