Organic carbon: Oxidation and transport in the Amazon River Journal Article uri icon



  • Spatial and temporal patterns in the inorganic carbon load (<1 millimeter) of the Amazon River indicate that oxidation was constant throughout the river at any one time but was much greater at rising water than at high water, whereas transport was constant. The total effective efflux, as the sum of oxidation plus transport in the river, was about 1014 grams of carbon per year. Estimates for other river systems suggest that global riverine carbon fluxes exceed 1015 grams per year.

publication date

  • January 1, 1980

Full Author List

  • Richey JE; Brock JT; Naiman RJ; Wissmar RC; Stallard RF

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 1348

end page

  • 1351


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