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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-1941-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-1941-2015
Research article
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24 Mar 2015
Research article |  | 24 Mar 2015

Riparian and in-stream controls on nutrient concentrations and fluxes in a headwater forested stream

S. Bernal, A. Lupon, M. Ribot, F. Sabater, and E. Martí

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Terrestrial inputs are considered the major driver of longitudinal patterns of nutrient concentration. Yet we show that longitudinal trends result from hydrological mixing with terrestrial inputs and in-stream processes. We challenge the idea that nutrient concentrations decrease downstream when in-stream net uptake is high. Conversely, in-stream processes can strongly affect stream nutrient chemistry and fluxes even in the absence of consistent longitudinal trends in nutrient concentration.
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