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https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-5-711-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-5-711-2017
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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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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.