Hydrologic measurements and analyses of various N and P species were made on the Apalachicola River system in N Florida in 1979 and 1980. Annual outflows of total N and total P were not substantially different from annual inflows. However, there was significant net import of ammonia and soluble reactive phosphorus and net export of some particulate and organic species. Processes within the flood plain ecosystems accounted for much of the release of organic and particulate species and retention of inorganic species. This flood plain function is probably critical for maintaining a nutrient pool in the estuary which supports secondary productivity and a detrital-based food web. -from Author
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Nitrogen and phosphorus speciation and flux in a large Florida river wetland system.