Methane Efflux from Lake Sediments Through Water Lilies

  title={Methane Efflux from Lake Sediments Through Water Lilies},
  author={John William Dacey and Michael J. Klug},
  pages={1253 - 1255}
During winter, when water lilies have no surface leaves, the gases in the rhizome lacunae approach equilibrium with the gases of the sediment water. The resulting increase of internal pressure is manifested by the sustained streams of bubbles (up to 37 percent methane and 6 percent carbon dioxide) that escape when emerging leaves are torn in the spring. Methane continues to enter the roots and rhizome during summer, rapidly moves up the petioles, and passes out through the emergent leaves into… 

Internal winds in water lilies: an adaptation for life in anaerobic sediments.

  • J. Dacey
  • Environmental Science
  • 1980
The network of internal gas spaces in the yellow water lily constitutes a pressurized flow-through system which forces oxygen to the roots and rhizome buried in the anaerobic sediment. By the purely

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  • D. Boone
  • Environmental Science, Biology
  • 1993
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  • Michigan State University
  • 1972

Methane cycling in a eutrophic shield lake and its effects on whole lake metabolism 1

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    State of Minnesota Special Allocation for Cystic Fibrosis Research and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. We thank W. J. Warwick and N. J. Laible for assistance