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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-691-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-691-2016
Research article
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04 Feb 2016
Research article |  | 04 Feb 2016

Fate of terrestrial organic carbon and associated CO2 and CO emissions from two Southeast Asian estuaries

D. Müller, T. Warneke, T. Rixen, M. Müller, A. Mujahid, H. W. Bange, and J. Notholt

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We studied organic carbon and the dissolved greenhouse gases carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbon monoxide (CO) in two estuaries in Sarawak, Malaysia, whose coast is covered by carbon-rich peatlands. The estuaries received terrestrial organic carbon from peat-draining tributaries. A large fraction was converted to CO2 and a minor fraction to CO. Both gases were released to the atmosphere. This shows how these estuaries function as efficient filters between land and ocean in this important region.
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