Denitrification in sediments from the hyporheic zone adjacent to a small forested stream

Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
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Abstract

Denitrifying potentials increased with increasing distance from the stream channel. Dissolved oxygen was 100% of the concentration expected in equilibrium with the atmosphere in water obtained from monitoring wells immediately adjacent to the stream but was as low as 7% of the expected value in water 11.4 m inland. Both nitrate and dissolved organic carbon decreased over summer in wells at the base of the alder-forested slope. A 48-h injection of nitrate-amended stream water into hyporheic water 8.4 m inland stimulated nitrous oxide production in the presence of acetylene. Nitrous oxide was generated as nitrate and acetylene were co-transported to a well 13 m down-gradient. Acetylene-block experiments coupled with the chemistry data suggest that denitrification can modify the chemistry of water during passage through the hyporheic zone. -from Authors

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Denitrification in sediments from the hyporheic zone adjacent to a small forested stream
Series title Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
DOI 10.1139/f90-133
Volume 47
Issue 6
Year Published 1990
Language English
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
First page 1140
Last page 1147