Photo-reactivity of dissolved organic carbon in the freshwater continuum
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The patterns in dissolved organic carbon (DOC) photo-mineralization along the freshwater continuum from land to sea are poorly known. Specifically, it has not been resolved how the photo-degradation of DOC into CO2 (PD) depends on the combination of intrinsic properties of DOC and extrinsic variables that affect the photo-reactions. We measured PD per unit of absorbed ultraviolet light energy (PD-Ew) in headwater streams, lakes, intermediate rivers and river mouths in Sweden. Surprisingly, no trend of decreasing PD-Ew was found with decreases in colored DOC. However, there was a relationship between PD-Ew and pH, best described by a quadratic (U-shaped) curve, indicating environmental control of photo-reactivity. Interestingly, the highest values for both of these variables were recorded for river mouths. Moreover, PD-Ew increased with proxy variables for the amount of autochthonous DOC in the water. Thus, changes in pH and autochthonous DOC input along the continuum may sustain high DOC photo-mineralization throughout continental aquatic networks.
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