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Redefining the inert organic carbon pool

Sanderman, Jon; Baisden, W. Troy; Fallon, Stewart

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Radiocarbon measurements reveal that soil carbon is often hundreds to thousands of years old; significantly older than the annual flux of carbon through the soil would suggest. Models deal with this discrepancy by conceptualizing soil carbon as having fast and slow cycling pools. The Rothamsted Soil Carbon Model contains an inert pool for this reason. Here we use a unique record of time-series radiocarbon measurements from long-term trials to demonstrate that the inert pool is hardly inert, and...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/103367
Source: Soil Biology and Biochemistry
DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2015.10.005

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