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Aquatic fulvic acids in microbially based ecosystems: results from two desert lakes in Antarctica

Limnology and Oceanography

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Abstract

These lakes receive very limited input of organic material from the surrounding barren desert, but they sustain algal and bacterial populations under permanent ice cover. One lake has an extensive anoxic zone and high salinities; the other is oxic and has low salinities. Despite these differences, fulvic acids from both lakes had similar elemental compositions, carbon distributions, and amino acid contents, indicating that the chemistry of microbially derived fulvic acvids is not strongly influenced by chemical conditions in the water column. Compared to fulvic acids from other natural waters, these fulvic acids have low C:N atomic ratios (19-25) and low contents of aromatic carbons (5-7% of total carbon atoms); they are most similar to marine fulvic acids. -from Authors

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Aquatic fulvic acids in microbially based ecosystems: results from two desert lakes in Antarctica
Series title:
Limnology and Oceanography
Volume
36
Issue:
5
Year Published:
1991
Language:
English
Publisher:
American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
998
Last page:
1006
Number of Pages:
9