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1 September 2003 Riverine Inputs of Organic Carbon and Nitrogen to Norwegian Coastal Areas
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The transport of organic and inorganic material in 10 Norwegian rivers has been monitored from 1990 to 1998. The suspended material in the rivers consisted of 40–80% organic materials. A major part of this was DOC with a C/N mole ratio > 25. The C/N ratio of the organic material increases with increasing river flow when drained from forest-dominated catchments, in contrast to mountain dominated catchments where variation in runoff does not influence the C/N ratio. Laboratory experiments showed that more than 90% of the DOC remained in solution when salinity increased to 30. The flocculated and settled material contained less than 5% organic material with a C/N ratio of 6.7–12.4, comparable to C/N ratios in cultivated soils and coastal marine sediments. This confirms that only a minor amount of organic material carried to the sea by rivers settles in the coastal zone.
Aud Helland, Gjertrud Holtan and Per Jørgensen "Riverine Inputs of Organic Carbon and Nitrogen to Norwegian Coastal Areas," AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment 32(6), (1 September 2003). https://doi.org/10.1579/0044-7447(2003)032[0412:RIOOCA]2.0.CO;2
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