Stable nitrogen isotope ratios in wet and dry nitrate deposition collected with an artificial tree

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Garten, jr, Charles T. (2011)

Amounts of dry NO3-N deposition and N isotope ratios in wet and dry NO3-N deposition have been simultaneously determined by examining differences between precipitation collected by open funnels and throughfall collected beneath an artificial Christmas tree. Samples were collected in a forest clearing on Walker Branch Watershed, near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. From mid-summer to early autumn, NO3-N fluxes beneath the artificial tree were always greater than those measured in precipitation indicating the tree's effectiveness as a passive collector of dry NO3-N deposition. Dry NO3-N deposition averaged 60 ± 9% of total (wet and dry) deposition. The mean (± SD) calculated δ15N value for NO3-N in dry deposition was + 5.6 ± 2.1‰ (n= 6 sampling periods ranging from 4 to 15 days). On average, this was ≈ 6‰ heavier than measured δ15N values for NO3-N in precipitation. The calculated δ15N value for NO3-N in dry deposition was consistent with that expected if NOx precursors to HNO3 vapor (the major constituent of dry deposition at this site) originated principally from coal combustion.DOI: 10.1034/j.1600-0889.1996.00006.x
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