Geosciences, Vol. 8, Pages 301: Distribution of Rare Earth Elements in Sediments of the Marine Lake Mir (Dugi Otok, Croatia) Geosciences doi: 10.3390/geosciences8080301 Authors: Željka Fiket Marina Mlakar Goran Kniewald The Lake Mir represents a small, isolated, and shallow marine lake situated in the south-eastern part of the Dugi otok Island, in a karstic landscape of the eastern Adriatic coast. The surrounding karstic background, with occasional occurrences of red soil, characterizes the sediments in the lake as coarse grained and carbonate rich. Previous studies suggested the prevailing influence of the lake bathymetry, that is, the proportion of carbonates and grain size characteristics of the sediments, on the variability of the element composition of the lake sediments. To confirm previous assumptions and obtain a better understanding of the factors influencing sediment composition of this marine lake, the distribution of rare earth elements in sediments of the Lake Mir and the nearby Tela&scaron;ćica Bay, as well as surrounding soils, was investigated. In the lake sediments, the sum of rare earth elements, including Y (hereinafter referred as &Sigma;REY), ranged from 10.6 mg kg&minus;1 to 25.3 mg kg&minus;1; in the Tela&scaron;ćica Bay sediments, &Sigma;REY were higher compared to the lake and ranged from 56.4 mg kg&minus;1 to 85.2 mg kg&minus;1, while the highest &Sigma;REY, from 83.3 mg kg&minus;1 to 227 mg kg&minus;1, were observed in soils surrounding the lake. Despite the difference in the levels of the rare earth elements, the REY normalized patterns and associated fractionation parameters (&Sigma;LREE/&Sigma;HREE, (La/Yb)N, and (Nd/Yb)N) showed similarities between the lake sediments and the surrounding soils, confirming a significant influence of local lithology on the lake composition. The results of the statistical analysis, on the other hand, suggest the contribution of both the carbonate (e.g., calcite) and non-carbonate minerals (i.e., alumosilicates and Al&ndash;Fe-hydroxides) on the total REY content in the lake sediments.