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– Aulnes (France) –

Lake name: Aulnes Country: France GIG Region: Med
GIG Type: L-M1 Lake code: FRDL115 Altitude(m a.s.l.): 11
Area (km²): 0.9 Mean depth (m): 4 Mixing regime: Polymictic
Alkalinity (m eq/l): 2.66 Retention time (yr): 1 Chlorophyll a (µg/l): 9
Total phosphorus (µg/l): 51 Eutrophication status: 3 - High Hydromorphological status: ----

Description

This pond is close to St Martin de Crau and to the Rhone delta called Camargue. Les Aulnes is one of the rare natural lakes present in the French Mediterranean region. Surrounded by a reed belt exposed to the mistral, this lake includes many fragile habitats for migratory and sedentary birds. Les Aulnes is also a cultural place with old Provencal style constructions, a residence for artists and a place for concerts. About half of its small catchment area is used for agriculture but no more artificial land use was observed. The environmental characteristics of this pond are not well known. Macrophyte communities are dominated by Ceratophyllum demersum, Najas marina and Potamogeton pectinatus. According to a previous study carried out by the Cemagref, we just know that the fish community includes 13 species and is dominated by Silurus glanis and Cyprinids.

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WISER: "Water bodies in Europe: Integrative Systems to assess Ecological status and Recovery"
Online: http://www.wiser.eu/programme/lake-assessment/sampling-sites/aulnes/index.php [date: 2017/11/20]
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