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Streamflow chemistry and nutrient yields from upland-peatland watersheds in Minnesota

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Year Published

1975

Publication

Ecology. 56: 1149-1157.

Abstract

Twenty-two water quality parameters were determined for the streamflow from complex but typical upland-peatland watersheds over a period of 5 yr. Five watersheds with oligotrophic peatlands and one with a minerotrophic peatland were studied. Concentrations of organically derived nutrients are highest in the streamflow from watersheds containing oligotrophic peatlands; while concentrations of nutrients derived from solution of aquifer minerals are higher in streamflow from the watershed containing a minerotrophic peatland. However, flow-weighted concentrations of organically derived nutrients are similar for both watersheds. Annual nutrient yields (kilogram/hectare per year) calculated for two of the tight uplandoligotrophic peatland watersheds are generally low and are quite similar to values for other forested areas in North America which do not contain peatlands.

Keywords

bogs, fens, forests, nutrient yields, streamflow chemistry, water quality, watershed, upland-peatland

Citation

Verry, Elon S. 1975. Streamflow chemistry and nutrient yields from upland-peatland watersheds in Minnesota. Ecology. 56: 1149-1157.

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