The Red Lake is a natural barrier lake at the foot of the Hasmasu Mare Mountains in the Eastern Carpathian Range in Romania. It was formed when the Bicaz River was blocked by a natural dam resulting from two landslides during an extreme heavy storm in 1837. Limnology of the Red Lake, Romania presents an interdisciplinary and comprehensive study on the physical, chemical, geographical and ecological aspects of Red Lake (Lacu Rosu).
The first three chapters of Limnology of the Red Lake, Romania cover the formation and geological setting and its relationship with the Bicaz Gorges-Haghimas national park. Subsequent chapters present the sedimentological, morphological and hydrological evolution of this unique natural laboratory and climatological setting. The final chapters deal with ecological aspects of Red Lake waters and adjacent ecosystems such as wetlands and water resource management issues.
1. Definition of lakes and their position in the Romanian territory
2. Geographic location and boundaries
3. The Red Lake within the Bicaz Gorges-Haghimas national park
4. Paleogeographic evolution of the hydrographic basin and the lacustrine basin
5. Morphographic and morphometric features of the Haghimas mountains, the hydrographic basin and the Red Lake lacustrine basin
6. The nature of sediments within the lacustrine basin
7. Climatic setting
8. The seasonal variation of temperature, ph and dissolved oxygen concentration
9. Vegetation and fauna
10. The Red Lake wetland - boundary principles and ecologic characteristics
11. Water management