Articles | Volume 12, issue 10
Biogeosciences, 12, 2861–2871, 2015
Biogeosciences, 12, 2861–2871, 2015

Research article 19 May 2015

Research article | 19 May 2015

Biogeochemical indicators of peatland degradation – a case study of a temperate bog in northern Germany

J. P. Krüger et al.

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Biogeochemical soil parameters are studied to detect peatland degradation along a land use gradient (intensive, extensive, near-natural). Stable carbon isotopes, radiocarbon ages and ash content confirm peat growth in the near-natural bog but also indicate previous degradation. When the bog is managed extensively or intensively as grassland, all parameters indicate degradation and substantial C loss of the order of 18.8 to 42.9 kg C m-2.
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