The Effects of Rainfall on Carbon Isotopes of POC in the Teshio River, Northern Japan
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CitationAramaki, T., Nagao, S., Nakamura, Y.-H., Uchida, M., & Shibata, Y. (2010). The effects of rainfall on carbon isotopes of POC in the Teshio River, Northern Japan. Radiocarbon, 52(2), 808-814.
DescriptionFrom the 20th International Radiocarbon Conference held in Kona, Hawaii, USA, May 31-June 3, 2009.
AbstractDuring a rainfall event in early September 2006, the transport behavior of particulate organic carbon (POC) in a small river (Teshio River, northern Japan) with alluvial plain and forest characteristics was investigated chiefly with carbon isotopes. The radiocarbon (∆14C value) of POC varied widely from -56 at the beginning of the rain event to -10 at peak rainfall. The ∆14C values have a positive correlation with C/N ratios and a negative correlation with 13C values except for the data from when both turbidity and water level were at their maximums due to rainfall. These results indicate that the sources of organic matter in the river come from the surface layer of soil as the water level rises during a rainfall event.