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Deforestation releases old carbon

Deep soil carbon in tropical catchments can be rapidly mobilized to rivers upon land-use change to agriculture, suggest analyses of dissolved organic carbon. Such carbon stocks had been thought stable for millennia.

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Fig. 1: Effects of land-use change from forest to agricultural land in a tropical hilly landscape.


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Ekblad, A., Bastviken, D. Deforestation releases old carbon. Nat. Geosci. 12, 499–500 (2019).

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