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Rocky Mountain National Park

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  Partnership Projects in Rocky Mountain National Park

  • 1999 - Effect of Changing Atmospheric Deposition on the Chemistry of Lakes in National Parks in the Intermountain Region (multi-park project)

  • 2002 - Occurrence of Persistent Organic Pollutants and Current-Use Pesticides in Seasonal Snowpacks, Lake Water and Lake Sediment (multi-park project)

  • 2006 - Historical trends of Mercury and Trace Metal Deposition to High-Elevation Lakes

  • 2007 - Assessment of Nitrogen Saturationand Episodic Acidification Status

  • 2008 - Effects of Nitrogen Limitation and Biological Characteristics of High-Elevation Lakes

  • 2011 - Effects of Mountain Pine Beetle Induced Tree Mortality on Water Quality

  • 2012 - Occurrence, Sources, and Potential for Biodegradation of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Rocky Mountain National Park


Rhoades CC, McCutchan JH, Cooper LA, Clow D, Detmer TM, Briggs JS, Stednick JD, Veblen TT, Ertz RM, Likens GE, Lewis WM (2013) Biogeochemistry of beetle-killed forests: Explaining a weak nitrate response. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110 (5):1756-1760. doi:10.1073/pnas.1221029110

Arnett, H.A., Saros, J.E., and Mast, M.A. (2012) A caveat regarding diatom-inferred nitrogen concentrations in oligotrophic lakes: Journal of Paloelimnology, v. 47, no. 2, p. 277-291.

Clow DW, Rhoades C, Briggs J, Caldwell M, Lewis WMJ (2011) Responses of soil and water chemistry to mountain pine beetle induced tree mortality in Grand County, Colorado. Appl Geochem. doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2011.03.096.

Clow, D.W., J.O. Sickman, R.G. Striegl, D.P. Krabbenhoft, J.G. Elliott, M. Dornblaser, D.A. Roth, and D.H. Campbell. 2003. (download PDF reader) Changes in the chemistry of lakes and precipitation in high-elevation national parks in the western United States, 1985-1999. Water Resources Research, 39(6), 1171, doi: 10.1019/2002WR001533.

Clow, D.W., R.G. Striegl, L. Nanus, M.A. Mast, D.H. Campbell, and D.P. Krabbenhoft. 2002. Current status of high-elevation lake chemistry in seven national parks in the western United States. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution: Focus 2(2) 139-164. U.S. Geological Survey.

Mast, M.A., W.T. Foreman, and S.V. Skaates. 2006. Organochlorine compounds and current-use pesticides in snow and lake sediment in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and Glacier National Park in Montana, 2002-2003. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5119.

Mast, M.A., W.T. Foreman, and S.V. Skaates, (2007), Current-use pesticides and organochlorine compounds in precipitation and lake sediment from two high-elevation National Parks in the Western United States: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology v. 52, p. 294–305.

Mast, M.A., D.J. Manthorne, and D.A. Roth, (2010), Historical deposition of mercury and selected trace elements to high-elevation National Parks in the Western U.S. inferred from lake-sediment cores: Atmospheric Environment, v. 33, p. 2577-2586.

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