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Volume 15, issue 2
Biogeosciences, 15, 457–470, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-457-2018
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Biogeosciences, 15, 457–470, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-457-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
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Research article 24 Jan 2018

Research article | 24 Jan 2018

Quality transformation of dissolved organic carbon during water transit through lakes: contrasting controls by photochemical and biological processes

Martin Berggren et al.

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The quality of dissolved organic carbon (DOC), especially its color, is a defining feature of freshwater ecosystems. We found that colored DOC fractions are surprisingly resistant to natural degradation during water transit through many brown-water lakes. This is explained by the dominance of microbial processes that appear to selectively remove noncolored DOC. However, in lakes where sunlight degradation plays a relatively larger role, significant DOC bleaching occurs.
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