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Wednesday, April 22 • 10:45am - 11:05am
Hydrogeochemistry of Kanuga Fen

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Kanuga fen, located outside of Hendersonville, NC, is rare type of wetland found in the Appalachian Mountains. It is inhabited by two federally protected species, Clemmys muhlenbergii and Sarracenia rubra subsp. jonesii. This study examined the water chemistry of samples collected from various sites of the fen during the summer, fall, and winter seasons. Major ions were quantified using ion chromatography and alkalinity titrations then plotted on Piper and Stiff diagrams for data comparison. Samples from the summer and fall seasons were found to be similar as they were slightly acidic (pH of 5.7-6.5), very dilute, and mainly composed of Na+ and HCO3- ions. Data from all three season will be examined collectively and compared with literature values of similar habitats to identify possible trends. However, the influence of the water chemistry on these species’ preferences has yet to be determined.


Wednesday April 22, 2015 10:45am - 11:05am PDT
123 Zeis Hall