Age, extent and carbon storage of the central Congo Basin peatland complex

  title={Age, extent and carbon storage of the central Congo Basin peatland complex},
  author={G. Dargie and S. Lewis and I. Lawson and E. Mitchard and S. Page and Y. Bocko and S. Ifo},
  • G. Dargie, S. Lewis, +4 authors S. Ifo
  • Published 2017
  • Environmental Science, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Peatlands are carbon-rich ecosystems that cover just three per cent of Earth’s land surface, but store one-third of soil carbon. Peat soils are formed by the build-up of partially decomposed organic matter under waterlogged anoxic conditions. Most peat is found in cool climatic regions where unimpeded decomposition is slower, but deposits are also found under some tropical swamp forests. Here we present field measurements from one of the world’s most extensive regions of swamp forest, the… CONTINUE READING
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