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Analyses of 36 trace, minor, and major elements were used to classify the sediments of 46 Minnesota lakes. Q-mode factor analyses grouped Minnesota lake sediments according to clastic-, carbonate-, organic-, and redox-related elements. Carbonate lakes occur in west-central Minnesota; their sediments have relatively high concentrations of CaCO3, Ba, and Sr. Lakes with sediments containing more than 30% organic matter occur in east-central and northeastern Minnesota; these sediments have high concentrations of organic C, N, and H, and slightly elevated concentrations of Pb. Only three lakes have sediments included in the “redox” group, with relatively high concentrations of Fe,...

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