UCL in the News: Streams bounce back from decades of acid rain, study finds
21 November 2007
Streams in central and eastern Canada, the northeastern U.
The colour, similar to that of weak tea, comes from dissolved organic matter and is "indicative of a return to a more natural, pre-industrial state," the study's British, Canadian and American authors say in the science journal Nature. …
"A huge amount of carbon is stored in the form of organic deposits in soils, and particularly in the peatlands that surround many of our remote surface waters," said Don Monteith [UCL Environmental Change Research Centre].
"In the past two decades, an increasing amount of this carbon has been dissolving into our rivers and lakes, turning the water brown." …
Tom Spears, 'Ottawa Citizen'