In the Southeast United States most lakes tend to be warm monomictic lakes, mixing during one season each year. However, under circumstances of great relative depth, lakes may tend towards meromictic conditions. In this case the bottom layer of the lake, or the monimolimnion, never mixes completely. Carter’s Lake in Chatsworth, Georgia was created in 1977 after the creation of Carter’s Dam, and is an example of a meromictic lake. Lake Jocassee is a reservoir located in Salem, South Carolina on the Savannah River Basin. The reservoir was created in 1973 upon the completion of The Jocassee Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Station. Like Carter’s Lake, Lake Jocassee is very deep and large, and has the possibility of behaving as a meromictic lake. Past data suggests that Lake Jocassee behaves more frequently as a warm monomictic lake while occasionally not mixing completely. We wanted to further study Lake Jocassee’s morphometry to dig deeper into the possibility of meromixis within the lake by looking at the level of mixing in the Winter of 2014.
Lanza, Carolyn F.; Lund, Margaret E.; Pruett, Jenna E.; Voytko, Michelle M.; and Hains, John, "A Comparison of Potential Mixes in Two Southeastern Lakes: Lake Jocassee, SC and Carters Lake, GA" (2015). Focus on Creative Inquiry. 90.