turnover time

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The measure of the movement of an element in a biogeochemical cycle; the reciprocal of turnover rate. Turnover time is calculated by dividing the quantity of nutrient present in a particular nutrient pool or reservoir by the flux rate for that nutrient element into or out of the pool. Turnover time thus describes the time it takes to fill or empty that particular nutrient reservoir.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.

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