Articles | Volume 5, issue 4
Research article
03 Nov 2017
Research article |  | 03 Nov 2017

Model predictions of long-lived storage of organic carbon in river deposits

Mark A. Torres, Ajay B. Limaye, Vamsi Ganti, Michael P. Lamb, A. Joshua West, and Woodward W. Fischer


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AR by Mark Torres on behalf of the Authors (02 Aug 2017)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (05 Sep 2017) by Yves Godderis
ED: Publish as is (12 Sep 2017) by Niels Hovius (Editor)
AR by Mark Torres on behalf of the Authors (20 Sep 2017)  Manuscript 
Short summary
In this paper, we describe a new model for the storage times of sediments and organic carbon (OC) in river deposits. Comparisons between our model predictions and field data show good agreement, which suggests that our model accurately captures the relevant time and space scales. An implication of our model is that OC is stored in river deposits over geologic timescales and, as a result, we propose that fluvial storage plays a larger role in the carbon cycle than previously recognized.