Nature Communications (Sep 2019)

Marked isotopic variability within and between the Amazon River and marine dissolved black carbon pools

  • Alysha I. Coppola,
  • Michael Seidel,
  • Nicholas D. Ward,
  • Daniel Viviroli,
  • Gabriela S. Nascimento,
  • Negar Haghipour,
  • Brandi N. Revels,
  • Samuel Abiven,
  • Matthew W. Jones,
  • Jeffrey E. Richey,
  • Timothy I. Eglinton,
  • Thorsten Dittmar,
  • Michael W. I. Schmidt

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 10, no. 1
pp. 1 – 8


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Black carbon produced by the burning of biomass and fuels is the most stable carbon compound in nature, yet its path from land to the deep ocean where it persists for thousands of years remains mysterious. Here Coppola and colleagues characterize the black carbon exported by the Amazon River, the largest river in the world.