Oxidized nitrogen (nitrite plus nitrate N) concentrations were measured from bulk precipitation, bulk throughfall, and screamflow in a 7. 86 hectare forested watershed in southeastern Oklahoma during the wet season from March through June 1983. Oxidized nitrogen inputs comparable to results of other studies were recorded during the 19 rainstorms sampled. Oxidized nitrogen concentrations appeared to increase after rainfall interacted with the pine and hardwood canopies and were inversely related to both rainfall and throughfall depth. Oxidized N concentrations in streamflow were greatest during the rising limb of storm flow with subsequent decreases during the falling limb of storm hydrographs and lowest during base flow. The oxidized N inputs from bulk precipitation were considerably greater than outputs from streamflow resulting in a net retention of oxidized nitrogen within the watershed during the study period.
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Oxidized Nitrogen in Precipitation, Throughfall, and Streamfall from a Forested Watershed in Oklahoma