Articles | Volume 16, issue 2
Biogeosciences, 16, 485–503, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-485-2019

Special issue: Progress in quantifying ocean biogeochemistry – in honour...

Biogeosciences, 16, 485–503, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-485-2019

Research article 29 Jan 2019

Research article | 29 Jan 2019

The ballast effect of lithogenic matter and its influences on the carbon fluxes in the Indian Ocean

Tim Rixen et al.

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Particle fluxes obtained from sediment trap experiments in the northern Indian Ocean. T. Rixen, B. Gaye, K.-C. Emeis, V. Ramaswamy, and V. Ittekkot https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.879702

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Data obtained from sediment trap experiments in the Indian Ocean indicate that lithogenic matter ballast increases organic carbon flux rates on average by 45 % and by up to 62 % at trap locations in the river-influenced regions of the Indian Ocean. Such a strong lithogenic matter ballast effect implies that land use changes and the associated enhanced transport of lithogenic matter may significantly affect the CO2 uptake of the organic carbon pump in the receiving ocean areas.
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