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C:N ratio of Sediments in a sewage fed Urban Lake

Mahapatra, Durga Madhab and Chanakya, HN and Ramachandra, TV (2011) C:N ratio of Sediments in a sewage fed Urban Lake. In: International Journal of Geology, 5 (3). pp. 86-92.

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Abstract

C:N ratio of lake sediments provide valuable information about the source and proportions of terrestrial, phytogenic and phycogenic carbon and nitrogen. This study has been carried out in Varthur lake which is receiving sewage since many decades apart from large scale land cover changes. C:N profile of the surficial sediment layer collected in the rainy and the dry seasons revealed higher C:N values[43] due to the accumulation of autochthonous organic material mostly at the deeper portions of the lake. This also highlights N limitation in the sludge either due to uptake by micro and macro-biota or rapid volatilization, denitrification and possible leaching in water. Organic Carbon was lower towards the inlets and higher near the deeper zones. This pattern of Organic C deposition was aided by gusty winds and high flow conditions together with impacts by the land use land cover changes in the watershed. Spatial variability of C:N in surficial sediments is significant compared to its seasonal variability. This communication provides an insight to the pattern in which nutrients are distributed in the sludge/sediment and its variation across seasons and space impacted by the biotic process accompanied by the hydrodynamic changes in the lake.

Item Type: Journal Article
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2012 11:42
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2012 11:42
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/43234

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