Oligotrophic vs Eutrophic Lakes
Similarities and Difference between Oligotrophic vs Eutrophic Lakes / Ponds
Lake Ecosystem is an example for a lentic ecosystem. An aquatic ecosystem with stationary or relatively still water is called lentic ecosystem. Based on the trophic state* and productivity, the lake ecosystem is divided into three categories.
(1). Oligotrophic lakes
(2). Eutrophic lakes
(3). Mesotrophic lakes
(1). Oligotrophic lake: a lake with low productivity, low nutrients and clear water with drinking water quality.
(2). Eutrophic lake: a lake with high productivity, high nutrients and with dark water. The water is usually not good for drinking purpose.
(3). Mesotrophic lake: a lake with intermediate nutrient level and productivity.
This post describes the similarities and differences between an Oligotrophic Lake Ecosystem and a Eutrophic Lake Ecosystem as a comparison table.
Similarities between Oligotrophic and Eutrophic Lakes / Ponds
Ø Both are aquatic ecosystems.
Ø Both are natural ecosystems.
Ø Both contain biological and abiological components.
Ø Water in both ecosystems is rich in oxygen.
Ø Both are lentic ecosystems.
Ø Both ecosystems show thermal stratification.
Difference between Oligotrophic and Eutrophic Lakes/Ponds