Bogs, mires, fens and marshes—just their names seem to conjure myth and mystery. Though today, our interest in these waterlogged landscapes tends to be more prosaic. Because of a lack of oxygen, they can build up vast quantities of organic matter that doesn’t decompose properly. This is known as peat. Peatlands could contain as much as 644 gigatons of carbon – one-fifth of all the carbon stored in soil on Earth. Not bad for a habitat that stakes a claim to just 3% of the planet’s land surface.
Original Title: Restoring peat bogs could slow climate change – and revive a forgotten world
Full Text of the Original Article: https://phys.org/news/2021-01-peat-bogs-climate-revive-forgotten.html