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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-6605-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-6605-2015
Research article
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19 Nov 2015
Research article |  | 19 Nov 2015

Spatial distribution and sources of organic carbon in the surface sediment of Bosten Lake, China

Z. T. Yu, X. J. Wang, E. L. Zhang, C. Y. Zhao, and X. Q. Liu

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Bosten Lake is the largest inland freshwater lake in China, which has been impacted by land use changes, with implications for carbon burial. Our study showed a large spatial variability in total organic carbon (TOC) (1.8–4.4%); 54–90% of TOC was from autochthonous sources. Higher TOC content was found in the east and central-north sections and near the mouth of the Kaidu River, which was attributable to allochthonous, autochthonous plus allochthonous, and autochthonous sources, respectively.
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