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12 Apr 2023
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Particulate organic matter in the Lena River and its delta: from the permafrost catchment to the Arctic Ocean

Olga Ogneva, Gesine Mollenhauer, Bennet Juhls, Tina Sanders, Juri Palmtag, Matthias Fuchs, Hendrik Grotheer, Paul J. Mann, and Jens Strauss


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While the source and fate of particulate organic matter (POM) are better understood in riverine, deltaic, and lake systems, this paper provides an insight on POM dynamics in a permafrost catchment, while combining a multiple proxy approach (particulate organic carbon - POC, total suspended matter - TSM, carbon isotopes - d13C and d14C - in POC). Combined with mixing models, these findings help decipher the potential sources for authochtonous and allochtnonous organic matters, and hence provide important insights in the role of permafrost for the organic carbon mobilization in the Arctic region.
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Arctic warming accelerates permafrost thaw and release of terrestrial organic matter (OM) via rivers to the Arctic Ocean. We compared particulate organic carbon (POC), total suspended matter, and C isotopes (δ13C and Δ14C of POC) in the Lena delta and Lena River along a ~1600 km transect. We show that the Lena delta, as an interface between the Lena River and the Arctic Ocean, plays a crucial role in determining the qualitative and quantitative composition of OM discharged into the Arctic Ocean.
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