Hydraulic reversals and episodic methane emissions during drought cycles in mires

E. A. Romanowicz, D. I. Siegel, P. H. Glaser

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Abstract

At Glacial Lake Agassiz Peatlands, Minnesota, during the summer 1990 drought, regional ground water discharged from the mineral soil underlying the peat to raised bogs. Concentrations of dissolved CH 4 in pore water showed that much of the peat column was supersaturated with respect to a reference standard of 1 atm partial pressure CH 4 . As the severity of the drought lessens, the upper peat column was resaturated with precipitation-derived water. Ground-water flow was then controlled by local, precipitation-driven, recharge flow systems, and the regional ground water that was discharged affected only the peat immediately above the mineral soil-peat interface. During the summer of 1991, concentrations of dissolved CH 4 in pore water were all undersaturated with respect to 1 atm partial pressure CH 4 . The decrease in the amount of dissolved CH 4 in the pore water was probably caused by changes in the CH 4 flux and degassing to the unsaturated zone and by changes in the partial pressure of gaseous CH 4 in the peat as the peat volume increased as it resaturated. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-234
Number of pages4
JournalGeology
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

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  • Geology

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