Continental inputs of C, N, P and SI species to the Ría de Vigo (NW Spain)
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AuthorsGago, J. (Jesús); Álvarez-Salgado, X.A. (Xosé Antón); Nieto-Cid, M. (Mar); Brea, S. (Samanta); Piedracoba, S. (Silvia)
Ría de Vigo (NW Spain)
C, N, P and Si in dissolved, particulate, organic and inorganic forms, determined from 12 surveys in the river Oitabén-Verdugo during 2002, allowed quantification of the chemical composition, phase partitioning and fluxes of continental materials to the inner Ría de Vigo (NW Spain). Despite the large fluxes normalised to the drainage basin of the river Oitabén-Verdugo (280 mmol Cm -2 y- 1, 56.5 mmol N m- 2 y -1, 1.35 mmol P m -2 y -1, and 61.3 mmol Si m- 2 y-1), its reduced dimensions (350 km2) yielded relatively low concentrations of these species. Organic C, N and P represented 62%, 43% and 48% of the total C, N and P fluxes, respectively. About 90% of the organic C and N and 60% of the organic P was in the dissolved form. The chemical composition of the organic materials was compatible with detrital organic matter derived from aquatic plants, phytoplankton and soil leaching but not with unprocessed terrestrial plants. Significant temporal changes were observed in the chemical ...
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