Micro-topography creates biogeochemical hot spots in wetlands



Interventions in wetlands could improve water quality, as wetlands regulate not only nutrients such as nitrogen and sulfur but also pollutants in the waters that flow through them. Biological and chemical processes maintain conditions for redox reactions in the wetlands that control the concentration of certain solutes, including nutrients and pollutants. But such biogeochemical processes are not evenly distributed and often are localized in “hot spots” or take place in bouts known as “hot moments.” How these hot spots or hot moments arise remains poorly understood and is often explained by simply evoking variations in soil properties in the wetlands.