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Table 1

Physico-chemical parameters in water of natural and harvested peatlands

ParametersNatural peatlandsHarvested peatlandsReferences
Nutrients Ammonium  0–1.4 0–5.7 a, b 
Nitrate  0–0.1 0–0.6 
Phosphorus (P) 0–0.2 <0.6 a, b 
Other inorganic parameters pH 3.6–4.1 3.7–5.4 a, b, c, d 
Calcium (Ca2+0.07–4.6 0.02–8.3 a, b, c, d 
Magnesium (Mg2+0.06–3.1 0–4.4 a, b, c, d 
Sodium (Na+0.1–16.5 0.2–12.3 a, b, c, d 
Potassium (K+0–0.5 0.1–2.5 a, b, c, d 
Chloride (Cl0.1–14.9 0.1–7.2 a, c 
Sulfate  0.7–9.6 0–17.4 a, c 
Metal Iron (Fe) 0.07–0.35 0.08–0.48 
Organic and physical parameters Conductivity 0–115 0–143 
Suspended sediments (SS) 36 71 
Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) 23.7–43.7 26.2–46.6 
ParametersNatural peatlandsHarvested peatlandsReferences
Nutrients Ammonium  0–1.4 0–5.7 a, b 
Nitrate  0–0.1 0–0.6 
Phosphorus (P) 0–0.2 <0.6 a, b 
Other inorganic parameters pH 3.6–4.1 3.7–5.4 a, b, c, d 
Calcium (Ca2+0.07–4.6 0.02–8.3 a, b, c, d 
Magnesium (Mg2+0.06–3.1 0–4.4 a, b, c, d 
Sodium (Na+0.1–16.5 0.2–12.3 a, b, c, d 
Potassium (K+0–0.5 0.1–2.5 a, b, c, d 
Chloride (Cl0.1–14.9 0.1–7.2 a, c 
Sulfate  0.7–9.6 0–17.4 a, c 
Metal Iron (Fe) 0.07–0.35 0.08–0.48 
Organic and physical parameters Conductivity 0–115 0–143 
Suspended sediments (SS) 36 71 
Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) 23.7–43.7 26.2–46.6 

Nutrients, ions, metals, DOC and SS concentrations are in mg/L and the specific conductivity is in μS/cm.

(a) Wind-Mulder et al. (1996); (b) Moore (1987); (c) Comeau & Bellamy (1986); (d) Glaser (1992); (e) Pavey et al. (2007).

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