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An analysis of terrestrial and aquatic environmental controls of riverine dissolved organic carbon in the conterminous United States

Q Yang, X Zhang, X Xu, GR Asrar

Water | Published : 2017


Analyses of environmental controls on riverine carbon fluxes are critical for improved understanding of the mechanisms regulating carbon cycling along the terrestrial-aquatic continuum. Here, we compile and analyze riverine dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentration data from 1402 United States Geological Survey (USGS) gauge stations to examine the spatial variability and environmental controls of DOC concentrations in the United States (U.S.) surface waters. DOC concentrations exhibit high spatial variability in the U.S., with an average of 6.42 ± 6.47 mg C/L (Mean ± Standard Deviation). High DOC concentrations occur in the Upper Mississippi River basin and the southeastern U.S., while lo..

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