A glimpse to Laguna de los Cisnes, a field laboratory and natural monument in the Chilean Patagonia

Norka Fuentes, Gonzalo Gajardo

Submited: 2016-08-26 12:44:43 | Published: 2017-05-22 18:18:00

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3856/vol45-issue2-fulltext-24

Abstract


Laguna de los Cisnes (53°15’S) is a remote and unusual salty lagoon located in the Chilean Patagonia, declared natural monument to protect bird diversity in the area, which could also serve as a natural laboratory to monitor climate change. This study reports basic water, sediment and plankton characteristics observed during a summer (December) sampling, when the lagoon was hypersaline (51 g L-1), cold (9°C) and eutrophic, according to the high concentrations of phosphorous (0.30 ± 0.73 mg L-1), nitrate (0.66 ± 0.14 mg L-1) and chlorophyll-a (44.25 ± 2.52 µg L-1). The microalgae Spirogyra sp. and the micro-crustacean Artemia are predominating plankton. Results are discussed in the context of the climatic conditions affecting this lagoon year-round.

Fuentes N, Gajardo G. A glimpse to Laguna de los Cisnes, a field laboratory and natural monument in the Chilean Patagonia. Lat. Am. J. Aquat. Res.. 2017;45(2): 491-495. Available from: doi:10.3856/vol45-issue2-fulltext-24 [Accessed 23 Aug. 2019].
Fuentes, N., & Gajardo, G. (2017). A glimpse to Laguna de los Cisnes, a field laboratory and natural monument in the Chilean Patagonia. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research, 45(2), 491-495. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3856/vol45-issue2-fulltext-24