The analyses of silicon isotopes in soil, water and plant compartments of the Mule Hole forested watershed (M-TROPICS/BVET) reveal that vegetation takes up twice more silica than first estimates using elemental mass balance. This flux is 30 times higher than the solute silica flux exported by the stream, itself resulting principally from litter decay.

The paper is published in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta and is available here.