"Little is known of the bottom fauna of the locality." This passage is taken from an Extension Bulletin of the State University of Iowa which describes the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory on West Lake Okoboji and its facilities for biological investigations. It should be stressed at the outse.t that there are few lakes which do not share with Okoboji this relatively unexplored state of their bottom biota. A study was begun in July 1950 with a view to eventually answering the following questions: 1. What is the distribution of macroscopic bottom dwelling animals in the lake? 2. Does this distribution follow a pattern that can be correlated with environmental factors such as the nature of bottom deposits, slope of the bottom in various regions, temperature, dissolved gases in the water, currents in the lake and others?
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1951 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Bardach, John E.; Morrill, John; and Gambony, Frank
"Preliminary Report on the Distribution of Bottom Organisms in West Lake Okoboji, Iowa,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 58(1), 405-414.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/pias/vol58/iss1/52