Articles | Volume 16, issue 2
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, Birgit Gaye, Kay-Christian Emeis, and Venkitasubramani Ramaswamy


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (16 Jul 2018) by Christoph Heinze
AR by Tim Rixen on behalf of the Authors (17 Sep 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (18 Sep 2018) by Christoph Heinze
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (05 Oct 2018)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (12 Oct 2018) by Christoph Heinze
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (27 Nov 2018)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (04 Dec 2018) by Christoph Heinze
Short summary
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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