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Seasonal Patterns in Nutrients, Carbon, and Algal Responses in Wadeable Streams Within Three Geographically Distinct Areas of the United States, 2007?08 U.S. Department of the Interior

Seasonal Patterns in Nutrients, Carbon, and Algal Responses in Wadeable Streams Within Three Geographically Distinct Areas of the United States, 2007?08

U.S. Department of the Interior

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ISBN : 9781497499607
66 pages
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The U.S. Geological Survey determined seasonal variability in nutrients, carbon, and algal biomass in 22 wadeable streams over a 1-year period during 2007 or 2008 within three geographically distinct areas in the United States. The three areas are... MoreThe U.S. Geological Survey determined seasonal variability in nutrients, carbon, and algal biomass in 22 wadeable streams over a 1-year period during 2007 or 2008 within three geographically distinct areas in the United States. The three areas are the Upper Mississippi River Basin (UMIS) in Minnesota, the Ozark Plateaus (ORZK) in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas, and the Upper Snake River Basin (USNK) in southern Idaho. Seasonal patterns in some constituent concentrations and algal responses were distinct. Nitrate concentrations were greatest during the winter in all study areas potentially because of a reduction in denitrification rates and algal uptake during the winter, along with reduced surface runoff. Decreases in nitrate concentrations during the spring and summer at most stream sites coincided with increased streamflow during the snowmelt runoff or spring storms indicating dilution.