Articles | Volume 14, issue 13
Research article
10 Jul 2017
Research article |  | 10 Jul 2017

Organic carbon mass accumulation rate regulates the flux of reduced substances from the sediments of deep lakes

Thomas Steinsberger, Martin Schmid, Alfred Wüest, Robert Schwefel, Bernhard Wehrli, and Beat Müller


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (09 May 2017) by Jack Middelburg
AR by Thomas Chwalek on behalf of the Authors (23 May 2017)  Author's response
AR by Anna Mirena Feist-Polner on behalf of the Authors (24 May 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (02 Jun 2017) by Jack Middelburg
Short summary
Based on a broad dataset of lake sediment analysis and porewater measurements from various Swiss lakes, this paper argues that the accumulation of organic carbon in the sediment is one of the main driving forces for the generation of reduced substances such as methane and ammonia. These substances significantly contribute to the hypolimnetic oxygen consumption. The relationships presented help to evaluate the scale of the flux of reduced substances where no direct measurements are available.
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