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Research article
01 Jun 2016
Research article |  | 01 Jun 2016

Quantifying the influence of surface water–groundwater interaction on nutrient flux in a lowland karst catchment

T. McCormack, O. Naughton, P. M. Johnston, and L. W. Gill

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In this study, the influence of surface water–groundwater interaction on the nutrient flux in a lowland karst catchment in western Ireland was investigated with the aid of alkalinity sampling and a hydrological model. Results indicated that denitrification within a number of ephemeral lakes is the main process reducing nitrogen concentrations within the turloughs, whereas phosphorus loss is thought to occur mostly via sedimentation and subsequent soil deposition.