Fluffy shapers of Earth
by Vytas Huth, Landscape Ecology, University of Rostock / Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research, Rostock / Müncheberg, Germany
These fluffy peat mosses are wetness specialists growing within so much water around that when they die, they don’t entirely decompose. This means that over the course of thousands of years, so much carbon is stored in peat soil that ecosystems made of these little mosses eventually have a cooling effect on the Earth's climate. Recent studies show that peatlands where they have been successfully established almost directly return to a carbon sink. The world has quite a bit of these ecosystems. We need to protect those we have and we need to restore those we have altered.
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Submitted on 15 February 2019
Credit: Vytas Huth (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu)
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