Water, Air, and Soil Pollution

, Volume 65, Issue 3–4, pp 353–369 | Cite as

Inorganic and organic sulfur profiles in nine Sphagnum peat bogs in the United States and Czechoslovakia

  • Martin Novák
  • R. Kelman Wieder


Depth profiles of total S, organic S, soluble SO 4 2− -S, FeS, and FeS2 were characterized for Sphagnum-derived peat cores collected from 9 sites. Marcell S-2 Bog (MN), Tamarack Swamp (PA), Cranesville Swamp (MD/WV), and Big Run Bog (WV) receive water from precipitation and upland runoff; atmospheric S deposition is 13, 47, 54, and 114 mmol m−2, yr−1, respectively. McDonald's Branch Swamp (NJ) is predominantly groundwater fed. Tub Run Bog (WV) and Allegheny Mining Bog (MD) receive augmented SO 4 2− inputs through acid coal mine drainage. Jezerní slat' and BoŽí Dar Bog in Czechoslovakia receive atmospheric S inputs of 33 and 243 mmol m−2 yr−1, respectively. In the peat from all sites except Allegheny Mining Bog, where the substantially augmented SO 4 2− input was reflected in an unusually high dissolved SO 4 2− pool in the surface peat, organic S (probably mostly carbon bonded S) was the dominant S fraction; FeS2 was generally the dominant inorganic S fraction. Subsurface peaks in total S, organic S and FeS2-S in peat from the runoff water fed sites were interpreted as indicative of depth-dependent patterns in S reduction/oxidation and in S immobilization/mineralization. Unless SO 4 2− inputs to a site are tremendously augmented (e.g., Allegheny Mining Bog), the rapid turnover of the dissolved SO 4 2− pool combined with the relative stability of the other inorganic and organic S pools, apparently functions as an effective buffer against site differences in S inputs, leading to a general similarity in vertical S profiles in the peat deposits.


SO42 FeS2 Surface Peat Sphagnum Peat Peat Core 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Novák
    • 1
  • R. Kelman Wieder
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyVillanova UniversityVillanovaUSA

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