Stream nitrogen (N) dynamics were studied in streams on the eastern side of Puerto Rico. Rates of nitrate uptake and denitrification were measured in nine tropical low-order streams with contrasting land use as part of the Lotic Intersite Nitrogen eXperiment II (LINX II) in Puerto Rico using short term (24-hour) additions of K15NO3 and NaBr. Background nitrate concentrations ranged from 105 to 997 µg N L-1 and stream nitrate uptake lengths were long, varying from 315 to 8480 m (median of 1200 m). Other indices of nitrate uptake (Vf,, cm s-1 and U, g N m-2 s-1) were low in comparison to other regions and were related to chemical, biological, and physical parameters. Denitrification rates were highly variable (0 to 133 g N m-2 min-1; median = 15), were dominated by the end product N2 (rather than N2O), and were best predicted by whole-stream respiration rates and stream NO3 concentration. Denitrification accounted for 1 to 97% of nitrate uptake with 5 of 9 streams having 35% or more of nitrate uptake via denitrification, showing that denitrification is a substantial sink for nitrate in tropical streams. Whole-stream nitrate uptake and denitrification in our study streams closely followed 1st order uptake kinetics, indicating that NO3 uptake is limited by delivery of substrate (NO3) to the organisms involved in uptake or denitrification.
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|Variables Descriptions||Data File||Date Range|
|LINX2 Experimental reaches organic matter standing stocs||LINX2OMstandingstocks.csv||2004-02-04 to 2006-02-23|
|LINX2 Experimental reaches metabolism results||LINX2metabolism.csv||2004-02-04 to 2006-02-23|
|LINX2 Experimental reaches calculated uptake and denitrification rates||LINX2uptake.csv||2004-02-04 to 2006-02-23|
|LINX2 Background nitrate concentrations||LINX2background.csv||2004-02-04 to 2006-02-23|