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The Carbon Cycle

The Carbon Cycle

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Uploaded 25 Feb 2012 by GRID-Arendal
Year: 2009
From collection: Vital Forest Graphics
Author:
Philippe Rekacewicz assisted by Cecile Marin, Agnes Stienne, Guilio Frigieri, Riccardo Pravettoni, Laura Margueritte and Marion Lecoquierre.
Description:
Carbon stocks in forest areas comprise carbon in living and dead organic matter both above and below ground including trees, the understorey, dead wood, litter and soil. On a global scale, vegetation and soils are estimated to trap 2.6 gigatonnes (Gt) of carbon annually. Yet there are still many uncertainties about the workings of the carbon cycle: the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that the amount of carbon absorbed in the soil and vegetation amounts to anything between 0.9 and 4.3 Gt annually.
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