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Carbon cycle

Quick burial at sea

The amount of river-borne carbon that is buried upon reaching the sea affects Earth's atmospheric composition. A study of rivers draining the Himalaya shows that carbon burial may occur more efficiently than was thought.

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Figure 1: From mountains to the sea.

J. DESCLOITRES, MODIS LAND/RAPID RESPONSE TEAM AT NASA GSFC

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Masiello, C. Quick burial at sea. Nature 450, 360–361 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1038/450360a

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