Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Solid Earth, 12, 439–461, 2021
Solid Earth, 12, 439–461, 2021
Research article
24 Feb 2021
Research article | 24 Feb 2021

Integrated land and water-borne geophysical surveys shed light on the sudden drying of large karst lakes in southern Mexico

Matthias Bücker et al.

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We use seismic, electromagnetic, and geoelectrical methods to assess sediment thickness and lake-bottom geology of two karst lakes. An unexpected drainage event provided us with the unusual opportunity to compare water-borne measurements with measurements carried out on the dry lake floor. The resulting data set does not only provide insight into the specific lake-bottom geology of the studied lakes but also evidences the potential and limitations of the employed field methods.