36: Just a Smidge of Midges

“Tempus midget” – Paleolimnological phrase from classical antiquity

The term ‘midge’ refers to a wide variety of small flies, including two families (the Chironomidae and the Chaoboridae) used extensively in paleolimnology. The Small Picture continues by examining how the midge remains preserved in lake sediments can be used to reconstruct variables such as temperature, water depth, salinity, productivity and hypolimnetic oxygen. 

Episode 36 can be found here.