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Laguna Pallcacocha, Ecuador          Arctic Lake

Paleolimnology is the study of past conditions of inland fresh water bodies. A variety of measurements from lake and bog sediments are used to indicate past water temperature, physical properties, biology, and chemistry.

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Contributing Data

Investigators who wish to contribute their data to our Lake Data archive can find information on contributing below. Data and study description information can be contributed by emailing completed data contribution templates to

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Additional sources outside of NCEI for data and information on lake sediments and climate science.