Cross-section of study site

Cross-section of study site near Georgetown, CA. Over half of the world’s soil carbon is stored below 20 degrees cm, making deep soil a large potential emitter of greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. Credit: J. Bryan Curtis


In a recent Dartmouth College study, researchers tested how decomposition changes with soil depth to help predict whether deep soil carbon would be vulnerable to climate-induced changes.

“Deep soil carbon is a really big deal for understanding the future of climate change,” said Caitlin Hicks Pries, an assistant professor of biology at Dartmouth.

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Related Journal Article

Caitlin E. Hicks Pries et al, Root litter decomposition slows with soil depth, Soil Biology and Biochemistry (2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2018.07.002

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