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The age of the Amazon's breath

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The inorganic carbon carried in rivers of the Amazon basin seems to originate largely from the decomposition of young plant material — a finding that improves our understanding of the role of rivers in the carbon cycle.

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Figure 1: Rivers and the carbon cycle.

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Raymond, P. The age of the Amazon's breath. Nature 436, 469–470 (2005) doi:10.1038/436469a

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