Photochemical Oxidation of Soil Organic Matter by Sunlight

  title={Photochemical Oxidation of Soil Organic Matter by Sunlight},
  author={Kunal Ghosh},
  • K. Ghosh
  • Published 1 September 2016
  • Chemistry
Although soils are considered as major carbon stores, rapid oxidation of soil organic carbon can contribute to CO 2 evolution and global warming on a lar ge scale. Generally , microbial and climatic factors are thought to be mainly responsible for such oxidative losses. Another probable factor is photodegradation by sunlight. Cultivated soils of the tropics are left barren for a greater part of the year particularly during summer when sunlight is at its peak intensity . This could cause… 

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