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Direct mass spectrometric measurement of gases in peat cores

Benstead, Julie and Lloyd, David 1994. Direct mass spectrometric measurement of gases in peat cores. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 13 (3) , 233--240. 10.1111/j.1574-6941.1994.tb00070.x

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Dissolved gas concentrations (O2, CH4, CO2) in peat cores were monitored simultaneously using a fine (1.56 mm diameter) membrane inlet probe connected to a quadrupole mass spectrometer. This technique allows direct measurements at specific locations within the sample with minimal disturbance. Detailed gas profiles in completely waterlogged peat samples (hollows) and samples in which the water table was several cm below the vegetation surface (hummocks) were compared. The depth of the water table played a central role in the distribution of gases. In a hollow, oxygen was present (90 μM) at the surface but was not detectable (<0.5 μM) at depths greater than 2 cm. Concentrations of CH4 and CO2 increased from 6 and 300 μM respectively at the surface to maxima of 450 and 3900 μM at 13 cm depth. At a hummock, O2 and CO2 were present above the water table but CH4 was not detectable. CH4 was measurable 2 cm below the water table. Both CH4 and CO2 concentrations increased with depth but maxima were not attained in the sampled cores

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0168-6496
Date of Acceptance: 20 October 1994
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2020 10:00

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