12 Facts About Soil carbon


Soil carbon is a carbon sink in regard to the global carbon cycle, playing a role in biogeochemistry, climate change mitigation, and constructing global climate models.

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The balance of soil carbon is held in peat and wetlands, and in plant litter at the soil surface .

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Soil organic carbon is divided between living soil biota and dead biotic material derived from biomass.

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Soil carbon biota includes earthworms, nematodes, protozoa, fungi, bacteria and different arthropods.

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Fire derived forms of carbon are present in most soils as unweathered charcoal and weathered black carbon.

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Organic carbon is vital to soil capacity to provide edaphic ecosystem services.

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Specific carbon related benchmarks used to evaluate soil health include CO2 release, humus levels, and microbial metabolic activity.

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Exchange of carbon between soils and the atmosphere is a significant part of the world carbon cycle.

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Natural variations in soil carbon occur as a result of climate, organisms, parent material, time, and relief.

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On one hand, practices that hasten oxidation of Soil carbon are discouraged; on the other hand, incorporation of organic material has been encouraged.

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The LUCAS soil organic carbon data are measured surveyed points and the aggregated results at regional level show important findings.

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Much of the contemporary literature on soil carbon relates to its role, or potential, as an atmospheric carbon sink to offset climate change.

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