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Dynamics of mercury and methylmercury in forest floor and runoff of a forested watershed in Central Europe

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Schwesig, David ; Matzner, Egbert:
Dynamics of mercury and methylmercury in forest floor and runoff of a forested watershed in Central Europe.
In: Biogeochemistry. Vol. 53 (2001) Issue 2 . - pp. 181-200.
ISSN 1573-515X
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1010600600099

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Forested watersheds are an important part of the terrestrial mercury and methylmercury cycle, and a link between the atmospheric and aquatic environment. This study was conducted to determine the contribution of the forest floor to the pools and fluxes of total Hg (Hgtotal) and methylmercury (MeHg) in a forested catchment, and to identify factors influencing the mobility of both compounds. Throughfall deposition, litterfall, runoff and fluxes with forest floor percolate of Hgtotal and MeHg were sampled during one year in a coniferous catchment in Germany. Total deposition of Hgtotal was 450 mg ha-1 a-1 with litterfall contributing one third. Nearly 74% of the total input of Hgtotal reached the mineral soil with the forest floor percolate, but less than half of this fraction was found in the runoff of the catchment. Total deposition of MeHg was 2.6 mg ha-1 a-1, with litterfall as the dominating pathway. Only 18% of the MeHg deposition was discharged from the forest floor, but the flux of MeHg with runoff was nearly twice as high. Only few correlations with other solution parameters were found. Fluxes of both compounds with forest floor percolates depended mainly on water fluxes, which was not true for the runoff. The forest floor of the upland soil is an effective sink for MeHg, but not for Hgtotal. Differences in the mobility of both compounds in the forest floor disappeared at the catchment scale, probably because other processes (i.e. Hgtotal immobilization and MeHg formation) dominated.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER7469
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Soil Ecology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Former Professors > Chair Soil Ecology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Egbert Matzner
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2015 06:12
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2015 06:12
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/18046