Skip to Main Content
GEOREF RECORD

Magnitude and significance of carbon burial in lakes, reservoirs, and peatlands

Walter E. Dean and Eville Gorham
Magnitude and significance of carbon burial in lakes, reservoirs, and peatlands
Geology (Boulder) (June 1998) 26 (6): 535-538

Abstract

Globally, lakes are currently accumulating organic carbon (OC) at an estimated annual rate of about 42 Tg.yr (super -1) . Most of the OC in all but the most oligotrophic of these lakes is autochthonous, produced by primary production in the lakes. The sediments of reservoirs accumulate an additional 160 Tg annually, and peatlands contribute 96 Tg annually. These three carbon pools collectively cover less than 2% of the Earth's surface and constitute a carbon sink of about 300 Tg.yr (super -1) . Although the oceans cover 71% of the Earth's surface, they accumulate OC at a rate of only about 100 Tg.yr (super -1) .


ISSN: 0091-7613
EISSN: 1943-2682
Coden: GLGYBA
Serial Title: Geology (Boulder)
Serial Volume: 26
Serial Issue: 6
Title: Magnitude and significance of carbon burial in lakes, reservoirs, and peatlands
Affiliation: U. S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO, United States
Pages: 535-538
Published: 199806
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
References: 33
Accession Number: 1998-037035
Categories: Quaternary geologyGeneral geochemistry
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
Secondary Affiliation: University of Minnesota, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 199815
Program Name: USGSOPNon-USGS publications with USGS authors
Close Modal
This Feature Is Available To Subscribers Only

Sign In or Create an Account

Close Modal
Close Modal