Ecosystems acquire nitrogen from the atmosphere, but this source can't account for the large nitrogen capital of some systems. The finding that bedrock can also act as a nitrogen source may help solve the riddle. See Letter p.78
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Schuur, E. Nitrogen from the deep. Nature 477, 39–40 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1038/477039a