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Palustrine – Stocks

 

The conceptual models were compiled by researchers in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders from Natural Resource Management groups, universities and government agencies and based on available scientific information[4].

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Nitrogen stocks in palustrine wetlands are large due to organic rich soils and, in some palustrine wetlands, large trees.

Soils

Most of the nitrogen stored in palustrine wetlands (90%) is in the soil, especially the near surface layers (less than 1 m)[2][1], with nitrogen stocks up to 1,600 kg/ha. In palustrine wetlands with peat soils stocks, the peat can reach depths of over one metre and values of N can be >13,000 kg/ha[1].

Vegetation

In forested palustrine wetlands, the trees can store > 119 kg/ha, with some forests of Melaleuca quinqueflora and Melaleuca quinquenervia storing up to 900 kg/ha[1].

Biota

Palustrine wetlands often contain temporary populations of crocodiles (in north Queensland), turtles, fish, birds, reptiles, and bats, which store nitrogen in their tissues.


References

  1. ^ a b c Adame, Franklin, H, Rodriguez, S, Kavehei, E, Turschwell, M, Balcombe, SR, Burford, M & Ronan, M (2019), 'Nitrogen removal through denitrification by tropical forested wetlands', Marine and Freshwater Research, vol. 70, pp. 1513-1521.
  2. ^ Bryant, KL (2008), Soil Indicators of Queensland Wetlands: Field Guide. [online], Department of Natural Resources and Water, Brisbane. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/resources/static/pdf/ecology/soils/soil-indicators-of-queensland-wetlands-field-guide.pdf.

Last updated: 31 July 2021

This page should be cited as:

Department of Environment, Science and Innovation, Queensland (2021) Palustrine – Stocks, WetlandInfo website, accessed 1 February 2024. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/ecology/processes-systems/nitrogen-concept-model/palustrine/stocks.html

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