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Draining Effects on Recent Accumulation Rates of C and N in Zoige Alpine Peatland in the Tibetan Plateau

by Chunyi Li 1,2, Yilan Huang 1,2, Huanhuan Guo 3, Lijuan Cui 1,2,* and Wei Li 1,2
1
Beijing Key Laboratory of Wetland Services and Restoration, Institute of Wetland Research, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Beijing 100091, China
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Sichuan Zoige Wetland Ecosystem Research Station, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Aba 624500, China
3
College of Forestry, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing 100083, China
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Water 2018, 10(5), 576; https://doi.org/10.3390/w10050576
Received: 28 February 2018 / Revised: 1 April 2018 / Accepted: 25 April 2018 / Published: 28 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Soil-Plant-Water Relationships)
Peatlands play an essential role in the global carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) cycling. In order to ascertain the draining effects on recent accumulation rates of C (RERCA) and N (RERNA) in the Zoige peatland in the eastern Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the core samples of peat growth, C and N accumulation for both natural and drained peatlands were measured using 210Pb and 137Cs dating methods. As a result, RERCA and RERNA showed an increasing trend from the bottom to the surface of the peatland, which was in accordance with the peat accumulation rates. However, the average RERCA in permanently flooded and seasonally flooded peatlands were 1.5–2.5 times that of drainage peatlands, and the average of RERNA were 1.2–1.7 times. Our findings indicate that the Zoige peatland is still in the stage of peat development with a large carbon sequestration capacity, and drainage from human activities leads to the decreasing of RERCA and RERNA, which will contribute to the selection of the effective ways to slow down the anthropogenic effects on the degradation of the Zoige peatland. View Full-Text
Keywords: peatlands; peat accumulation; RERCA; RERNA; water table level; drainage peatlands; peat accumulation; RERCA; RERNA; water table level; drainage
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Li, C.; Huang, Y.; Guo, H.; Cui, L.; Li, W. Draining Effects on Recent Accumulation Rates of C and N in Zoige Alpine Peatland in the Tibetan Plateau. Water 2018, 10, 576.

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