Articles | Volume 16, issue 5
Biogeosciences, 16, 1035–1051, 2019
Biogeosciences, 16, 1035–1051, 2019

Research article 15 Mar 2019

Research article | 15 Mar 2019

Fluvial sedimentary deposits as carbon sinks: organic carbon pools and stabilization mechanisms across a Mediterranean catchment

María Martínez-Mena et al.

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