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Nature Geoscience 3, 306 - 307 (2010)
doi:10.1038/ngeo851

Subject Category: Biogeochemistry

Soil science: Arctic thaw

Hermann F. Jungkunst1

  1. Hermann F. Jungkunst is at the Institute of Geography, Landscape Ecology, University of Gottingen, Goldschmidtstrasse 5, D-37077 Gottingen, Germany.
    e-mail: hjungku@gwdg.de


The organic matter stored in frozen Arctic soils could release significant quantities of carbon dioxide and methane on thawing. Now, laboratory experiments show that re-wetting of previously thawed permafrost could increase nitrous oxide production by 20-fold.

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