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Mechanisms of carbon storage in mountainous headwater rivers

Posted date: February 06, 2013
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Authors: Wohl, Ellen; Dwire, Kathleen A.; Sutfin, Nicholas; Polvi, Lina; Bazan, Roberto
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Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Source: Nature Communications. 3: 1263.


Published research emphasizes rapid downstream export of terrestrial carbon from mountainous headwater rivers, but little work focuses on mechanisms that create carbon storage along these rivers, or on the volume of carbon storage. Here we estimate organic carbon stored in diverse valley types of headwater rivers in Rocky Mountain National Park, CO, USA. We show that low-gradient, broad valley bottoms with old-growth forest or active beaver colonies store the great majority of above- and below-ground carbon. These laterally unconfined valley segments constitute


Wohl, Ellen; Dwire, Kathleen; Sutfin, Nicholas; Polvi, Lina; Bazan, Roberto. 2012. Mechanisms of carbon storage in mountainous headwater rivers. Nature Communications. 3: 1263.