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Using ion and isotope characterization to design a frame of protection of a wetland system (Massif Central, France)

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The bio-diversity (vegetation and fauna) of peatlands, like all wetland ecosystems, is very fragile as it requires specific wet conditions. Over the past 20 years, increasing efforts have been made to restore degraded wetlands, to re-create new wetlands where they were lost, and to sustainably manage for multiple benefits. However, actions to restore and preserve wetlands require an in-depth knowledge of the water cycle in the system. We used chemical and multi-isotopic approaches, combined with hydrological tools (measuring potentiometric levels and spring discharge), for tracing the water and dissolved-element fluxes in the Narces de la Sauvetat peatland (Central France) and for better understanding of water budget components involved in this ecosystem. This multi-pronged approach clearly demonstrated its effectiveness for improving our understanding of the hydrological functioning of this wetland ecosystem. The two main results are that: (1) The water volume flowing out of the peatland through the Fouragettes stream is often negligible; and (2) At least three strong groundwater fluxes with distinct chemical and isotopic signatures supply water to the peatland. This new understanding will help decision makers maintain the water balance of the peatland, which is essential for the preservation of this fragile ecosystem.

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hal-01176740 , version 1 (15-07-2015)

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Agnès Brenot, Philippe Négrel, Romain Millot, Clotilde Bertin. Using ion and isotope characterization to design a frame of protection of a wetland system (Massif Central, France). Applied Geochemistry, 2014, 40, pp.104-118. ⟨10.1016/j.apgeochem.2013.11.006⟩. ⟨hal-01176740⟩

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