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Research article
19 Feb 2015
Research article |  | 19 Feb 2015

Sources and export of particle-borne organic matter during a monsoon flood in a catchment of northern Laos

E. Gourdin, S. Huon, O. Evrard, O. Ribolzi, T. Bariac, O. Sengtaheuanghoung, and S. Ayrault


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The origin and dynamics of particulate organic matter were studied in a 11.6km² catchment (northern Laos) during the first erosive flood of the 2012 rainy season. Upstream suspended sediments mainly originated from cultivated soils labelled by their C3 vegetation cover. In contrast, channel banks with C4 vegetation supplied significant quantities of sediment to the river downstream. Swamps located along the main stream acted as sediment filters and controlled the composition of suspended POM.
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