Latest Peat Stories
The surprising increase in methane concentrations millennia ago, identified in continental glacier studies, has puzzled researchers for a long time.
The Spanish government is hoping to save a dried wetland from an underground peat fire by unleashing floodwaters onto an expanse of the marsh now under threat due to past water mismanagement.
Burning rainforests release huge amounts of greenhouse gases.
A new calculation of Europeâ€™s greenhouse gas balance shows that emissions of methane and nitrous oxide tip the balance and eliminate Europeâ€™s terrestrial sink of greenhouse-gases.
Ancient soil biota decreased in size by up to 46 percent during period 55 million years ago.
Peat has been a major component of substrates used in container plant production since the 1960s. Highly porous with the capacity to hold water, peat makes an ideal rooting and growing medium for potted plants.
Peat, or semi-decayed vegetation matter, has been used by commercial growers and amateur gardeners since the middle of the 20th century.
Archaeologists say the oldest timber structure found yet in the London area was discovered during the excavation of a peat bog near Belmarsh Prison. Scientists from University College London's Institute of Archaeology said radiocarbon dating showed the timber platform, or trackway, to be nearly 6,000 years old, predating Stonehenge by more than 500 years. Archaeologists said the structure consisted of a timber platform found at a depth of about 14 feet near an ancient river channel.
London's oldest timber structure has been unearthed by archaeologists from Archaeology South-East (part of the Institute of Archaeology at UCL). It was found during the excavation of a prehistoric peat bog adjacent to Belmarsh Prison in Plumstead, Greenwich, in advance of the construction of a new prison building.
Global warming is speeding the release of carbon dioxide, a chief greenhouse gas, from underground peat in subarctic wetlands, Dutch research indicates. The research suggests rising temperatures are adding to the magnitude and velocity of global warming, Free University plant ecologist Ellen Dorrepaal and colleagues write in the journal Nature. Their research shows that raising temperatures about 1 degree Celsius accelerates total ecosystem respiration rates by as much as 60 percent, creating...
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