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Carbon in idle croplands

The collapse of the Soviet Union had diverse consequences, not least the abandonment of crop cultivation in many areas. One result has been the vast accumulation of soil organic carbon in the areas affected.

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Figure 1: Change of the area in arable land and permanent crops following the collapse of the Soviet Union.


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Henebry, G. Carbon in idle croplands. Nature 457, 1089–1090 (2009).

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