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This article in JEQ

  1. Vol. 26 No. 3, p. 910-916
    Received: July 23, 1996

    * Corresponding author(s): yqz@selway.umt.edu


Reduction Potential of Selenate in Wetland Sediment

  1. YiQiang Zhang * and
  2. Johnnie N. Moore
  1. Department of Geology, Univ. of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812-1019.



Laboratory and field experiments were conducted to examine the reduction potential of dissolved selenate in wetland sediment at Benton Lake, Montana. Results showed that selenate reduction in wetland sediment was a microbially mediated process. This process proceeded rapidly and removed more than 50% of added selenate from solution to the sediment during the first day of the experiment. The reduction potential of selenate in sediment was positively correlated to Se concentrations in sediment, but not to sediment organic C content. This process occurred at the sediment surface because the depth of diffusion of selenate was limited, resulting in most Se accumulating in the top 2 cm of the sediment. The results from this study indicate that selenate reduction in sediment dominates selenate removal from water.

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