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Sensitivity of chemical weathering and dissolved carbon dynamics to hydrological conditions in a typical karst river TEXT SIZE: A A A
To better understand the mechanisms that hydrological conditions control chemical weathering and carbon dynamics in the large rivers, we investigated hydrochemistry and carbon isotopic compositions of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) based on high-frequency sampling in the Wujiang River draining the carbonate area in southwestern China. Concentrations of major dissolved solute do not strictly follow the dilution process with increasing discharge, and biogeochemical processes lead to variability in the concentration-discharge relationships. Temporal variations of dissolved solutes are closely related to weathering characteristics and hydrological conditions in the rainy seasons. The concentrations of dissolved carbon and the carbon isotopic compositions vary with discharge changes, suggesting that hydrological conditions and biogeochemical processes control dissolved carbon dynamics. Biological CO2 discharge and intense carbonate weathering by soil CO2 should be responsible for the carbon variability under various hydrological conditions during the high-flow season. The concentration of DICbio (DIC from biological sources) derived from a mixing model increases with increasing discharge, indicating that DICbio influx is the main driver of the chemostatic behaviors of riverine DIC in this typical karst river. The study highlights the sensitivity of chemical weathering and carbon dynamics to hydrological conditions in the riverine system.

Publication name

 SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 7 10.1038/srep42944 FEB 21 2017


 Zhong, Jun; Li, Si-liang; Tao, Faxiang; Yue, Fujun; Liu, Cong-Qiang

Corresponding author(s) 

 LI Siliang 
 -Tianjin Univ, Inst Surface Earth Syst Sci, Tianjin 300072, Peoples R China
 -Tianjin Univ, State Key Lab Hydraul Engn Simulat & Safet, Tianjin 300072, Peoples R China

Author(s) from IGCAS   LIU Congqiang

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