Loss Of Carbon From Alpine Soil In A Warmer World

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Warming temperatures are causing a vicious cycle of increased carbon dioxide release in alpine environments. Because temperatures are getting warmer, lowland plants are encroaching on alpine environments. While more plants are sucking in carbon dioxide, it also means more carbon dioxide is released from the soil. Soil microbes release carbon from the alpine soil when they grow, and they’re growing a lot faster in the presence of lowland plants. More CO2 released into the atmosphere makes temperatures warmer, causing lowland plants to climb up higher and stimulate CO2 release. Read full article here

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