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The Arctic carbon count

Despite its potential importance in a warming world, the organic carbon content of Arctic soils has escaped robust quantification. A closer look at the North American sector suggests that much more carbon is stored in these high northern grounds than previously thought.

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Figure 1: Interactions between the carbon cycle and the climate system in the Arctic.

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Beer, C. The Arctic carbon count. Nature Geosci 1, 569–570 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo292

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