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Carbon dioxide dynamics in rivers and coastal waters of the "Big Island" of Hawaii, USA, during baseline and heavy rain conditions
Paquay, F.S.; Mackenzie, F.T.; Borges, A.V. (2007). Carbon dioxide dynamics in rivers and coastal waters of the "Big Island" of Hawaii, USA, during baseline and heavy rain conditions. Aquat. Geochem. 13(1): 1-18. dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10498-006-9005-5
In: Aquatic Geochemistry. Springer/Springer Science+Business Media: London; Dordrecht; Boston. ISSN 1380-6165, more
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    VLIZ: Open Repository 280098 [ OMA ]

Author keywords
    carbon dioxide; total alkalinity; Big Island of Hawaii; tropical aquatic

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  • Paquay, F.S.
  • Mackenzie, F.T.
  • Borges, A.V., more

Abstract
    The distributions of the partial pressure of carbon dioxide (pCO2) and total alkalinity (TA) were examined for a 6-month period in the Wailuku and Wailoa rivers and coastal waters of Hilo Bay on the west coast of the Island of Hawaii, USA. Main results for the largest and turbulent Wailuku River show in the watershed an oversaturation in CO2 with respect to atmospheric equilibrium and a CO2 undersaturation in the estuary. In the Wailoa river-estuary system, extremely high pCO2 values ranging from 1500 to 10500 ppm were measured with significant shifts in pCO2 from drought to flood period. In the two rivers, water residence time, groundwater inputs and occasional flood events are the predominant drivers of the spatial and temporal patterns in the distribution of pCO2. In Hilo Bay, CO2 oversaturation dominates and the bay was a source of CO2 to the atmosphere during the study period. TA is conservative along the salinity gradient, indicating calcification in the bay is not a significant source of CO2 to the atmosphere.

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