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Patchy peat

Nutrient-rich tropical and agricultural soils release vast quantities of the highly potent greenhouse gas nitrous oxide. New measurements show that vegetation-free patches of tundra in subarctic Europe can also emit large quantities of this gas.

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Figure 1: Automatic chambers capable of measuring soil trace-gas emissions at a high temporal resolution.

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Christensen, T. Patchy peat. Nature Geosci 2, 163–164 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo455

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