Nitrogen contamination of surficial aquifers - A growing legacy

Environmental Science & Technology
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The virtual ubiquity of fertilizer-fed agriculture, increasing over several decades, has become necessary to support the global human population. Ironically, widespread use of nitrogen (N) has contaminated another vital resource: surficial fresh groundwater. Further, as nitrous oxide (N2O) is a potent greenhouse gas, anthropogenic manipulation of N budgets has ramifications that can extend far beyond national borders. To get a handle on the size of the problem, Puckett et al. present an approach to track historical contamination and thus analyze trends now and in the past with implications for the future.

Additional publication details

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Nitrogen contamination of surficial aquifers - A growing legacy
Series title Environmental Science & Technology
DOI 10.1021/es1038358
Volume 45
Issue 3
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher ACS Publications
Contributing office(s) National Water Quality Assessment Program
Description 6 p.
First page 839
Last page 844