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Carbon Dioxide in Boreal Surface Waters: A Comparison of Lakes and Streams

on January 25, 2013

Carbon Dioxide in Boreal Surface Waters: A Comparison of Lakes and Streams

This article is related to the Boundless Carbon Cycle article. In this article the authors did research on carbon dioxide levels of inland waters at the Finnish Forest Research Institute. In this article, carbon dioxide levels in the lakes and streams were measured during each season. It was found there is a correlation between temperature and the carbon dioxide levels in the inland waters. During spring and summer there was little change in CO2 levels. However, during autumn the CO2 levels increase significantly enough to be released into the atmosphere.

While I was reading the Boundless Carbon Cycle article, I did not realize that inland waters could also be carbon sinks. These inland waters are important because when carbon is transported to it from land, more carbon would be released into the atmosphere. When more carbon is released into the atmosphere, surrounding trees and/or grasslands would be able to use it, and turn it into energy and oxygen.

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