Latest Carbon cycle Stories
Spurred by increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, forests over the last two decades have become dramatically more efficient in how they use water.
The biomass of the northern hemisphere’s forests has been mapped with greater precision than ever before thanks to satellites, improving our understanding of the carbon cycle and our prediction of Earth’s future climate.
The predator-prey relationship can affect the flow of carbon through an ecosystem, according to a new study from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
The noble gases get their collective moniker from their tendency toward snobbishness. The six elements in the family, which includes helium and neon, don't normally bond with other elements and they don't dissolve into minerals the way other gases do. But now, geochemists from Brown University have found a mineral structure with which the nobles deign to fraternize. Researchers led by Colin Jackson, a graduate student in geological sciences, have found noble gases to be highly soluble in...
A new study has found the biological soil crust layer of a desert contains microbes that lie in wait for the ideal conditions to begin metabolic activity.
Rising Arctic temperatures are causing permafrost soils to thaw at unprecedented rates, and NASA scientists are currently looking into just how much greenhouse gas is being released through soil decomposition.
A new study, published in Nature Geoscience, suggests that human activity might be increasing the transition of carbon from land to rivers, estuaries and the coastal zones. This indicates that large quantities of anthropogenic carbon might be hidden in previously unconsidered regions.
Along with other sea organisms, jellyfish are part of the ocean’s natural carbon recycling process. Jellyfish eat microscopic plankton and consequently ingest broken down carbon dioxide. Dead jellyfish then sink to the bottom of the ocean taking a large amount of carbon with them. This carbon becomes trapped in the deep sea water, allowing room for more carbon dioxide to dissolve into the ocean.
The Amazon rainforest is known as the lungs of the planet because it inhales carbon dioxide and exudes oxygen into the atmosphere. The plants of the forest use the carbon dioxide to promote leafy growth, which eventually falls to the ground and decomposes or washes away by the region’s plentiful rainfall.
More carbon dioxide is released from residential lawns than corn fields according to a new study.
- A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.