Disruption of the Nitrogen Cycle in Acidified Lakes

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Science  10 Jun 1988:
Vol. 240, Issue 4858, pp. 1515-1517
DOI: 10.1126/science.240.4858.1515


Experimental acidification of two small soft-water lakes caused nitrification to cease at pH values of 5.4 to 5.7. The resulting blockage of the nitrogen cycle caused a progressive accumulation of amnonium. When the epermental acidification of one of the lakes was ended and the pH was raised to 5.4, nitrification resumed after a time lag of 1 year.