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Application of strontium isotope measurements to trace sediment sources in an upstream agricultural catchment (Loire River basin, France)

Abstract : Soil erosion is recognized as one of the main processes of land degradation in agricultural areas. It accelerates the supply of sediment to the rivers and degrades water quality. To limit those impacts and optimize management programs in such areas, sources of sediment need to be identified and sediment transport to be controlled. Here, we determined the sources of suspended sediment in the Louroux (24 km$^2$ , French Loire River basin), a small catchment representative of lowland cultivated environments of Northwestern Europe. In this catchment, channels have been reshaped and 220 tile drain outlets have been installed over the last several decades. As a result, soil erosion and sediment fluxes have increased drastically. The variation of 87Sr/86Sr ratios, driven by the weathering of rocks with different ages and chemical composition , may reflect the mixing of different sediment sources. Strontium isotopic ratios (87Sr/86Sr) were therefore determined in potential soil sources, suspended particulate matter (SPM) and a sediment core sampled in the Louroux Pond at the catchment outlet.
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Marion Le Gall, Olivier Evrard, François Thil, Anthony Foucher, Salvador-Blanes Sébastien, et al.. Application of strontium isotope measurements to trace sediment sources in an upstream agricultural catchment (Loire River basin, France). EGU General Assembly 2015, Apr 2015, Vienne, Austria. ⟨cea-02648005⟩

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