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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-3029-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-3029-2015
Research article
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22 May 2015
Research article |  | 22 May 2015

Distribution of black carbon in ponderosa pine forest floor and soils following the High Park wildfire

C. M. Boot, M. Haddix, K. Paustian, and M. F. Cotrufo

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Black carbon (BC) includes everything from charred wood to soot, making it difficult to measure and limiting our understanding of the amount in soils. We studied the effects of fire severity and degree of hillslope on BC quantities in forest floor and soil samples after the High Park wildfire that took place in northwestern Colorado, June 2012. Using molecular markers we found that the majority of BC remained in the litter 4 months post fire, regardless of fire intensity or degree of hillslope.
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