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Tributaries to the Lippe, temporary and perennial rivers

Karstic rivers are hydrogeologically conditioned to have spatial and seasonal changes in their discharge [1]. In the high plateau of Paderborn (Paderborner Hochfläche), the left tributary of the Lippe, Alme, itself and some of its tributaries are temporary rivers due to fluctuations of groundwater levels (Hungerbrunnen).


  • Preliminary sampling at the Menne
# of sampling Date
First sampling 22.05.2020
Second sampling 09.09.2020


Rivers of the Lippe catchment

Temporary rivers

  1. Menne [1]
  2. Alme
  3. Altenau
  4. Ellerbach
  5. Sauer[2]
  6. Talgosse [1]

Perennial rivers

  1. Afte
  2. Gosse
  3. Piepenbach
  4. Reingraben
  5. Lippe
  6. Rhein

Other things

Recommended literature

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  1. 1,0 1,1 1,2 MEYER, A., E.I. MEYER & C. MEYER 2003. Lotic communities of two small temporary karstic stream systems (East Westphalia, Germany) along a longitudinal gradient of hydrological intermittency. Limnologica 33 (4): 271.
  2. Meyer, A., & Meyer, E. I. (2000). Discharge regime and the effect of drying on macroinvertebrate communities in a temporary karst stream in East Westphalia (Germany). Aquatic Sciences, 62(3), 216-231.